By: Arnie Cole and Michael Ross
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.
-What new steps will I begin taking in order to enable success against the struggles I've faced repeatedly?
-Do I feel like I am tempted beyond what I can bear?
-What tools has God given me to help me withstand temptation?
The truth is, we can't escape temptation and we can't escape sin. We live in a broken, fallen world, filled with depravity, violence, and the pressure to conform to sinful behavior. Paul reassures that we are not alone in this. The ancient Israelites fell prey to the temptation of idolatry, and every temptation we face today. So even when we feel alone in our sin, in reality what we are experiencing is "common to man." The good news is that although temptation is ever-present, God gives us a weapon that will help us withstand it and a way out of the darkness. His Word is the weapon; His Son is the way out.
Ask for Change: Lord, I'm tired of battling temptation and sin on my own, wanting to do right, but falling prey to evil again and again. Please show me the way out.
Consider what's real: Sometimes God speaks to us through the people around us. Do you have someone--a pastor, a friend, a trusted family member--in whom you could confide honestly about your temptations? Don't be ashamed of your flaws. Know that you are not alone; that every temptation is common to man. Trust that the first step to halting the cycle of temptation may be finding someone who will listen without judgment, offer reassurance, and hold you accountable.
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