SOURCE: Living Free/David E. Longacre
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
Once in the proximity of sexual temptation, the will to resist is low. The Borg on the science fiction Star Trek TV series claim that “resistance is futile.” When we are in certain situations, we might feel that resistance to temptation really is futile.
But it isn’t.
For Christians, resistance to temptation is NEVER futile.
In the above scripture, we are promised that others have had the same temptations … that God won’t allow more than we can stand … and that he always provides a way out.
- Don’t believe the lie that you are the only one who has ever had this temptation.
- Don’t believe the lie that it is more than you can bear.
- Don’t believe the lie that there is no way out.
God’s promise tells us that resistance is NOT futile!
We can escape temptation, but we cannot fight the battle alone. We need to first turn to Jesus—appeal to his mercy and grace—before we can resist even the urge to fulfill sinful desires.
It all circles back to Jesus. He is calling us to obedience, and he promises to give us the strength to do what he is telling us to do. If we will trust him and put him first in our lives, he will always give us the desire and power to do what pleases him.
Lord, thank you for your assurance that my situation is not hopeless. I know that with your help I can overcome—and I really do want to overcome. Show me the way out. Help me to walk in obedience. In Jesus’ name …
These thoughts were drawn from Crossroads: Choosing the Road to Sexual Purity by David E. Longacre.