No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
I turned seventeen in a youth detention program. I had earned a weekend furlough. A young man I met was also going on furlough. He asked to meet up with me over the weekend. He was a heroin addict. He wanted me to try the drug. I agreed to meet him.
I waited at the agreed meeting site. He pulled up in a borrowed car. I got in. We drove off in silence. There was madness in his eyes and lead in his foot. He raced around the poorest areas of town, pulled over and passed out. I walked home alone.
Years later I was hurt and angry. I set my heart on sin. Like a lion prowling for prey I hunted. I stood at the doorway of sin and shame. With key in hand I chose to enter in. The door would not open. God intervened. Evil withdrew into the shadows!
In the early days of my new life with Jesus the Lord told me, “My hand has always been upon you”. I realized Jesus had been with me during my darkest days. I am also keenly aware that Jesus has His hand upon me today!
These verses are not a promise to keep you from sin. We all sin. We all make mistakes. We all fail to live up to the righteous standards of a holy God. We will be tempted by sin in many ways as we journey through life in a fallen world clothed in sinful flesh!
These verses do reveal there is nothing new under the sun. Our sinful flesh was conceived in the hearts of Adam and Eve. Our sin is not unique. It is not rare or unusual. It is quite common among our ancestors and children. That is not an excuse for our sin.
These verses reveal the faithfulness of God! Jesus promises to make a way of escape for us when we are tempted by sin!
Our personal experiences do not validate the Word of God! The Lord does use our personal experiences to open our eyes to the validity of His Word!
Through twenty plus years of living in sin and twenty-seven years of walking with Jesus I have learned that even before I am tempted to sin the Lord has already provided an escape hatch for me to flee the darkness and walk in the light of His love!
Jesus makes a way for us to be forgiven of our sin past, present and future! Faith in Jesus frees us from bondage to sin! Faith in Jesus frees us from the shame, and sorrow of walking in darkness!
You do not have to be overcome by the temptations of sin. The Lord will always make a way of escape so you can walk the narrow path of faith in Jesus to the glory that awaits you in the kingdom of a holy, righteous, and faithful God!
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