"Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10: 12-13
We need to watch carefully our spiritual life because we are in a battle that the enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy you. Paul warns the Christian to not become lazy, comfortable and spiritually fall asleep, because that is when the enemy comes at us. We cannot take our spiritual life for granted and feel that we are beyond falling.
Temptation will continually be coming at us, and we need to be aware of this tactic of the enemy. There is noting new under the sun, when it comes to the tactics of the enemy, He tempts us just like he did Jesus. Temptation is not a sin unless we give in, make the choice to sin. We need to resist temptation, and we need to run from temptation before we give in and sin.
How do we resist and run from temptation - JESUS! God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will provide the way of escape. No one has to give into temptation, we can run from it! We can resist it because of Jesus Christ. God has given us an escape plan but we need to want to escape. How do we escape temptation:
* Jesus Christ - When you have accepted Christ then you are never alone when you face temptation. God's Word tells us: "They overcame him by the blood of the lamb." Jesus paid for my victory over satan, sin and self. Now because of this relationship with Jesus - "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
* The Word of God - When Jesus himself was being tempted by Satan; how did He have victory over the tactics of the enemy? Every time he said, "It is written." If you want victory over temptation then we need to read the Word, know the Word, Study the Word and obey the Word of God.
* The Holy Spirit - We need to be connected to the Power Source and realize that we need to be be filled with the Spirit of God to defeat temptation.
* The Armor and the Weapons that Jesus has provided for us to defeat temptation: We need to put on the armor of God daily, and take up the Sword of the Spirit and the power of prayer!
Today, we do not have to give into temptation, because Jesus has provided us everything we need to live in victory. Today, we can be more conquerors through Jesus Christ. Lord, help me to walk and live in victory today!