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 Corinthians10:13 (NIV)
Perhaps it was something you saw that created the urge to do it. Maybe it was the aroma of a familiar, intoxicating scent that re-directed your actions. It could have been a memory with deep roots that keeps pulling you back to that same place and time. It’s probably always nearby – never completely out of reach.
Temptation for Christian men is not much different than breathing, It will always be a part of our life. Eliminating temptation from our lives should never be our goal – it will always be present to lure us from God’s design for our lives. Being tempted – isn’t a sin… giving in to temptations of this world – acting on them – is where the challenges await.
As long as we call ourselves children of God, the world will chase us and tempt us to transfer our hope from Christ to evil. Temptation is nothing more than the plot of a defeated, jealous, bitter enemy who hates to be alone in misery.
Regardless of your commitment to remain focused on God. In the midst of your determination to “give up” things that distract you from God’s presence – temptation will hunt you down. Consider the challenge – to be joy!
Temptations can easily be defeated – if our desire for God’s presence remains greater than our desire for the world’s enticements. Here are a few suggestions to help.
- Pray daily about the temptation (give it a name)
- Search the Bible for advice on your struggle. It’s in there.
- Commit to a core group of guys
- Make a list of what tempts you – give it to an accountability partner
This is how we grow up – and move beyond those temptations. Be proactive. You can do it… escape routes are all over the place.
THE RIGHT NEXT STEP:
Before noon tomorrow, tell one person you trust about a temptation that continues to trap you.
PRAY: God, I need help. You know my struggle and you have provided me with escape routes I continue to neglect. Give me the courage to invite a trusted friend into the battle with me. I want to be a stronger man for your sake. Amen.