1 Corinthians 10:13“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.”
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Isn’t this a wonderful way to start your day? Being tempted on every side and trying not to fall and pulling with all your might not to do the thing you don’t want to do. You try to concentrate on something else or get busy doing another meaningless project all the while your thoughts are consumed by a temptation of some sorts that you know isn’t right. You try and try, circling around the thing you know will bring immediate relief to your life. Circling like vultures on roadkill and breaking out into cold sweats, you swoop in and attack. Doing the one thing you don’t want to do, but it brings instant gratification, and a few minutes later your consumed with guilt and shame. Know the feeling?
I know I do. For year battling alcoholism and porn addiction I tried with everything I had, but always failed. Porn was an escape for me, a way out so I thought. My whole life I wanted to be in a relationship, but soon found no one wanted to be in one with me because I wasn’t the “it” guy. So consumed by alcohol and loneliness, I turned to porn time and time again. Even when I was drinking I knew this disgusting act of human behavior was wrong to watch, but for me, it made me feel good. I turned to porn a lot when I got rejected or denied for the casual encounter. When I fell short in the relationship or just flat out had a bad day, porn and alcohol was my escape.
Im glad and grateful to say that I don’t do either today because Christ has done for me what no woman or movie could ever do, and thats a love like I never had before. His love goes beyond the heavens and thats what I had been looking for my whole life. Love. Temptation comes at us in many ways not just the lure of a beautiful woman or attractive man(for woman). Addiction is more than a disease, it’s the biggest temptation to hit mankind. More and more people are turning to addiction than ever before, why? Instant gratification, period. The more and more we try to escape the responsibilities of life for that second or minute of lust after something gets us every time.
The scripture at the top tells it straight. God will provide a way out when were tempted. He does and always will, but the catch is, we have to ask Him. So many people Christians fail because they fail to ask Him for a way out. When we do we have to pay close attention because the way out is never what we think. Many times I have given into temptation not because I didn’t ask, but because I failed to see the way out. I am a lot better at it today but I still fail, but thats why the blood was shed by Gods Son at Calvary, to cover or misdeeds and give us another chance to get it right.
Let me ask you my friend, are their things tempting you in your life? Alcohol, drugs, porn, greed, self-righteousness, lust, envy? Do these things give way to more destruction in your life and consume you to the bone? There is an answer, the healer for the broken, Christ. I wonder if you know Him?
Thanks for reading!! Be Blessed!!!!
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