Temptations are bound to come; time and again in a lifetime.
In fact, Jesus said, ‘It is inevitable that temptations to sin will come’ (Luke 17:1 ISV).
That means the real concern, is not whether they will come but how we respond when they do. If we capitulate, our spiritual progress and consecration is hampered. But if we overcome, our spiritual muscles are built up.
Even though, we are aware of this, we still find ourselves fumbling once and again into temptation.
Often times, when we fall, we tend to think we slumped because we were powerless over the situation. Sometimes, we believe the lie that there is nothing we could have done about it.
But one reason why we slip most times is because we fail to locate the escape route?
Scripture makes it clear that, ‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.’ (1 Corinthians 10: 13 NKJV)
You see, the temptations we face are directly proportional to the stamina and enablement that is available in and around us. God never allows us to be tempted beyond our capacity. Whatever temptation you have encountered, God let you face them, because He knows you have the fortitude and resources to overcome them.
In addition to that, He leaves a cue for refuge. Lurking somewhere around the temptation is the escape channel that God has provided. The onus is always on us to find it.
So, when temptations come holding you by the scruff of the neck; don’t reckon yourself powerless, ask that He may show you the route of escape.
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Ogaga Eruteya is a Nigerian Christian minister, writer and speaker. He writes on Faith, Personal Development, Youth Development, and Life Realities. With his words, he seeks to inspire, motivate, propagate life’s truths and represent a sincere Christian voice. Learn more about Ogaga here.