It is easy to say, “The devil made me do it” when we choose to sin. But, let us not give Satan credit where it is not due. With full knowledge and, dare I say, the “allowance” of God, Satan absolutely tempts each one of us. It is, however, our ultimate decision which leads us down a path of victory or sin. And, praise God, His Word says He will “always provide the way out”; we just need to choose His way.
I love the Amplified version of 1 Corinthians 10:13. “No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word – He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]”.
You may read this verse and wonder how to find God’s way out and how to endure the temptation without succumbing to it. I would say to you, “Read on”. In the very next verse God tells us exactly how to find our way out. His Word says, “Therefore, my beloved, RUN [keep far, far away] from [any sort of] idolatry [and that includes loving anything more than God, or participating in anything that leads to sin and enslaves the soul]”. (1Cor 10:14 AMP; emphasis mine)
We MUST take action in order to find the way out of temptation. We must RUN! Turn away from whatever is tempting us or from whatever idol we have put in place of God and run the other way. Remember, God is faithful and He has already provided us the way out. He only asks that we participate by running away from the temptation toward His path to freedom. We also are encouraged to read and memorize the Word of God so that we can use it as a weapon against the enemy’s attacks.
Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan. In His humanness, Jesus could have chosen the path of sin. This path is typically the easy path. It is the path of instant gratification. It is also the path which leads to death and destruction. Instead of choosing this path, Jesus quoted Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11) and Satan (who is already defeated) HAD to give up. Satan had to leave because Jesus chose the way out of temptation. We have the ability and the same tools as Christ to find the way out of temptation. We just need to run away from temptation and stand firm on God’s Word in the face of Satan’s feeble attempts to thwart us. Our victory over temptation and sin is secure because of Jesus’s death and resurrection. Sin and death have no hold on us.
“Heavenly Father we praise Your Holy Name for the sacrificial death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You for the promise that we have a way out when temptation comes upon us. In those moments, Lord, give us Your wisdom and Your strength to turn from temptation and to run in the other direction. Bring any and all idols we revere before our eyes that we may repent and receive Your forgiveness. Lead us and guide us daily. We claim victory over sin because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is in His Name we pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner