Temptation is alive and well in the world. We are all tempted by things everyday. From chocolate and anger to drugs and porn and beyond. Temptation is out there and it's a struggle. We are tempted to let loose with our anger or instigate drama to help us release the pressure. It's building and all we want is a reprieve. Whatever it takes to make it stop. Temptation is a real life issue.
We've got Jesus in our life, so why are we still having to work so hard to resist temptation? It's a good question. Here's the good answer.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT
"The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure."
Becoming a believer doesn't negate temptation. Expecting temptations to disappear or not affect us any longer isn't realistic. We will still encounter struggles and we will still have to deal with the consequences of our choices. There will be circumstances that we don't think we can endure. There will be a crisis in your life, then another and then another and ... you will begin to think that it will never end. How can you live through this without losing your handle on ....
God's promise is that there is always a way out.
What we, as believers, can count on is the best help possible. We have the benefits of the Counselor Extraordinaire. We have all the help we need to overcome whatever befalls us, because we have Jesus. Jesus will help us with the circumstances, the temptations and even the despair. He will help us overcome the struggle. He will help us resist the temptation. He will help us endure through the situation. He will walk with us through the fire. He will help us find the way out.
Yep. There is always a way out. God is faithful and He will provide us with a way out. We have to do our part. We have to listen, look for and find the way out. The way out might be straight up over that mountain. It might be taking a side road to get around the mountain. It might be turning around completely and going a different way altogether. It might even entail plowing your way right through the middle of that big old pile of rocks.
Whatever way it is, God always provides a way out. We have to listen, and we have do what He says. When we will do that, we will figure out the right way to go. We will find our way out. There's always a way out!