So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)

Temptation is a common human malady and there is no sin in it. To “desire” is human.

On the other hand, desiring God Himself above all else is “super-human” and requires supernatural strength. Jesus, the Son of God, was tempted just as we are, but never sinned. As our perfect Holy Spirit filled and led example, He was able to overcome the need for anything this world could offer, even physical hunger and thirst. Overcoming temptation is only possible for those who walk in the Spirit and follow Christ diligently, but it can be done.

On the other hand, arrogance in one’s own ability to overcome temptation can lead to a fall. No one is immune. Victory can lead us to believe that we have defeated sin when the truth is, we have not overcome anything. Our victory over the “flesh” is in Christ alone. A continual courting of temptation will only bring failure. When tempted, look for a way out because God will always give you one.

Finally, if you are looking for a way to shorten the list of things that tempt you to sin, cultivate a walk with the Holy Spirit immersed in the truth of God’s Word and remember, no one ever said that it would be an easy “walk,” only that you would reach your destination.

Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in. – Billy Sunday

Published by Dr. David Pope

Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.

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