1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
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.
No lengthy commentary today other than to say that giving into temptation either comes from a lack of understanding about what Jesus has done for us on the cross or just willful disobedience. I think as disciples we should all commit today’s scripture to memory and understand that Jesus has given us victory over sin. He has defeated sin and as we submit our lives to Jesus we become partakers in that victory. Reading the verse above, is there any excuse we can make for willfully giving in to any temptation? Read it again. This scripture plainly says that there is a way of escape from all temptation. I worry that sometime we abuse God’s grace and forgiveness. I know I am guilty. In the moments of temptation where sin is ready to dirty up my soul and cloud my spirit it is easy to rationalize and say, “well even if I do give in to this temptation God is faithful to forgive me as I confess to Him”. Its just wrong and I feel this is one of those things that really slows us down and get us off track in our walk. I am challenging myself and any Christian reading this to stop willfully sinning. Remember, the Holy Spirit lives in us to guide us. It’s time to let Him lead. Proactivelysubmit yourself to Him in all your actions today.
Heavenly Father, thank you God for your faithfulness. Thank you God that you do not allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to resist. Thank you for the way of escape. Father please help us today to submit to your leading. Please help us resist the old life of sin that battles with the new life of the Spirit. Holy Spirit lead us and guide us. May we hear your voice and heed your instruction. We offer you praise and honor. In Jesus’ name. Amen.