“No temptation has overtaken [us] except what is common to mankind, and God is faithful; He will not let [us] be tempted beyond what [we] can bear. But when [we] are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that [we] can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”- Mark Twain. This quote rings truth about sin according to Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned from Satan’s charm making temptation desirable to easily yield and sin against God.
What is temptation and how do we avoid it? It is a desire to engage in short-term urges for enjoyment threatening long-term goals. We avoid temptation by fleeing. In other words, run and do not stay to talk with demonic forces. Temptation itself is not a sin, otherwise, Jesus would be guilty of sinning against God when the devil tempted Him. Sin is when we yield to temptation.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged way by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.” (James 1:13-16)
It is important to flee temptation because yielding to it would put us in disobedience to God. If we should die in sinful acts Heaven will not be our home according to the Scriptures. After death we will be unable to repent and ask God for forgiveness. Despite the increase evil in the world, God never takes a day off from loving and caring for us. We should diligently work on never taking days off to sin.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet He did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Sin is everywhere but so is God.
When presented with what we think is unbearable temptation remember to boldly approach God’s throne of Grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Sister Copeland’s June 4, 2022, devotion from The Peace of Heaven reminds us to not be afraid because God is with us. It continues with “Don’t be discourage, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)