Tempted much? When our desires lead us to do something sinful it can be very difficult to resist. Temptations can come in small bite-sizes - for instance, I have a current temptation to buy a super-sized package of Rolo’s anytime I am within 15 minutes of Wal-Mart (I live 10 minutes from two…). Then there are also biggee’s like cheating, stealing, lying & manipulating. No matter our age or stage we probably deal with a daily temptation of some kind. Does God promise us anything about this problem? Yup!
Verse #1 comes to us from James 4:7 ‘Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you’. Elsewhere, Satan is know as the tempter. When temptation comes your way you might try and overcome it in your own power. To resist the devil you must first submit yourself (and your temptation) to God. This might mean repentance. It might just be a submitted prayer. It should be a constant state that the follower of Jesus finds themselves in…from a place of submission to God you will be empowered to resist temptation.
Verse #2 comes from 1 Corinthians 10:31 ‘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.’ Wow! One of the great failings when we are tempted is the thought ‘Nobody else goes through this’. Not true - your temptations are common to man. The devil’s tricks and angles are similar to all. If our faith is in God through Jesus Christ then He will provide 'The Way' of escape from all temptation. Note that this isn’t ‘one of many ways of escape’ but is ‘The Way’ of escape. If we try and overcome temptation by ‘will-power alone’ or by some new creative method, we may succeed in the short-term. We need to find God’s Way if we are to endure over time!
Jesus Glued God’s Promises to His problem of temptation. Read the account in Matthew 4:1-11 and note the words ‘It is written’. Also, it is important to pray when we sense a temptation. Jesus did (Luke 22:40). With God’s help, you can do this.