The Economy of Temptation
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
-1 Corinthians 10:13
You are being renewed in the Holy Spirit day-by-day. On the day that you were saved a new creation was born! You can honestly look in the mirror and say that I'm not the same person anymore. I have been bought by the blood of Christ and I can follow the Lord! I'd like to give you a quick run down on the economy of temptation.
(1) There are no excuses.
The devil wants you to believe that your situation is unique and special. You start saying to yourself, "Well, my circumstances are different. I had every right to assert myself." Any temptation towards anger, sloth, greed in any circumstance is unacceptable to the Lord. There is no temptation that can overtake us. The Holy Spirit can not be beat.
(2) God Provides An Escape!
Most of us overthink temptation. We create these huge complex escape rooms in our head, creating unnecessary obstacles to solve. But our God is faithful and He takes no pleasure in our failure. He always provides a way out. And most of the time, the door is right in front of you. Simplify and trust in Him.
God did not promise that the temptations would go away after you said No. God did not promise that these temptations would disappear from your life completely! But God would give you the power to endure these temptations and to choose righteousness. Have realistic expectations of your life here in the flesh. Each moment you do endure, pray to the Lord that His Kingdom would indeed come today.
Keep things simple brothers and sisters.
Identify The Temptation.
Say No To Temptation And Yes To Righteousness
Endure These Times In The Lord
Finally, our fight against temptation is not an exercise in self-denial for its own sake. As we look to Jesus we remember that His sacrifice is what has redeemed and bought us. Living a life for the Lord here must grow our affections and love for Him alone.
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