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When You Are Tempted

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

We think of things like “sin” and “temptation” as WAY OUT THERE – somewhere – and they can’t possibly touch us in our common world of existence.  Oh if people would just use “common sense” they would be able to resist. But years ago I learned the sad fact: “common sense” is not so common.

This scripture is referring to things that come into our “common” ordinary world.  Things that are normal – not strange or out of the ordinary.  If I think about that concept – it is reasonable to believe that temptation often comes at us where we are least expecting it – because it’s not a HUGE red flag warning.  It is something already in our world.  Something comfortable and familiar.

The scripture does not dispute that we are going to have things thrown at us – it simply says “when you are tempted” already knowing it’s just a matter of time if it hasn’t happened yet.  Hold on!  Cheer up!  It will.  The great news is this:  you are not a freak of nature or something when you are tempted.  Even Jesus himself was tempted!  But He did NOT SIN.  That’s the difference.  Being tempted is NOT the sin.  But I myself have been beat up by the mere “thought” of it!  Oh and others have allowed me to feel that way too – you can count on that – nothing like a little help from your friends.  I have seen friends of mine literally “reeling” from the fact that they were tempted to sin – or even had the thought of it!  So much time lost.  So much self inflicted pain over the “what if”?

But here’s the good news:  Jesus promised us a way out of any “sticky situation” – there’s no temptation that He himself has not felt – and He will make a way out for you too.  That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to say “no” to it – but there’s always a way out.  And it means that though He sometimes doesn’t take away that situation that’s tempting you – He will make you stronger so that you will be able to “stand up under it”.

I love this.  How often have we felt defeated – even blamed the enemy for our lack of wisdom in a situation? – or blamed another person instead of saying, “it was me –  It was all me”  This is the healthy and correct way of dealing with it.  Or worse – we have become consumed by temptation and failure that we hide away – enjoying our hurt and pain for a little too long – instead of facing it!

I believe as Christians we have a responsibility to face things head on – admit our weakness and failure – know our troubled spots and be alert to the temptations  in our “ordinary” and yes, “common” world.  I believe we all need each other to help us be strong.  We need our trusted friends.  We were never intended to “do life” alone.  Our friends can provide a strength and support that doing things alone cannot.

Praying for you today as you “stand up under” the temptations in your world.  He will always provide a “way out” for you – if you let Him.

God Bless

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Comments on: "When You Are Tempted" (6)

  1. Satan often tempts us with things that don’t seem out of the ordinary. That’s how he tricks us. Oh this is not so bad. That is not that wrong. lol Temptations are all around us every day, especially in this fallen world. Not only do we have to be on our guard when we see it coming but we have to pray for discernment so we see temptation where we don’t normally think we will see it.

    One temptation for me is to spend time doing things that are not productive. Sometimes they are good things, but even good things can be a bad thing if it takes you away from what God wants you to do.

    I once spoke with a gentleman who works with college kids in helping them strengthen their faith or come to a faith in Christ. He said that one of the temptations for them was spending so much time on their studies. I said, “How could that be bad?”. He said it can be a temptation that takes college kids from going to church which can lead to leaving the faith. Hmmm….

    • You are so right – it’s in the ordinary things for sure – and even not being productive. But being busy can be a distraction too – and a temptation for the “busy” person. Even studying too much – can be – I can see that. We have to know what our weak areas are and guard them. Thanks JoJo! ♥

  2. mayablogs said:

    We’ve all been tempted; the world is full of it and we all have given in to it at a certain time. Most of us have given in over small things, some over bigger ones. The temptation will always be there.
    And yes, Jesus knows exactly what that feels like to be tempted.

    I see it more as a learning curve than a sin. 🙂

  3. I like your separation of temptation from sin, Cindy. It is a healthy reminder that we are engaged in a spiritual warfare. Being engaged in it does not mean that we are defeated, just that we are involved. It is common to all of us. Jesus experienced it so that he could relate to our sufferings also. Good thoughts for today.

    • I wrote this because of just that common misconception – it messes with us all at one time or another and we need to hear the facts – and rest in the truth. Thanks Ron. ♥

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