This powerful Scripture although liberating and encouraging, is often used out of context with the statement ‘God won’t put more on you than you can bear’. We hear the previous announcement quite often however, rarely heard is the declaration of ‘the way of escape’. Perchance announcing the opportunity of escape causes one to acknowledge being in the position of temptation to sin.
In fact, the text, is referring to experiencing the same temptation others have and there being a way out. I Cor 10:13
Life experiences are promised to hold trials and tribulation. John 16:33. Often, the Believer witnesses the trial or increases its angst by surrendering to the prospect of temptation. Under duress, it can appear as if you are the only one to ever experience the pain or frustration of having to make a critical ethical or moral decision. Making the right decision is not always an easy thing to do. Daily, even the most faithful Believer has the potential of making a selfish, sinful choice. No one escapes temptation.
Satan and his henchmen are constantly at work. He takes great pride in his exertion and does not take a summer break, PTO, vacation or sick time. His job is to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10-11. He often tempts with challenging our anger, provoking fear, enticing lust of the flesh, or covetousness in the heart. Even the lips can be tempted to tell lies or murder someone with slander. Temptation may arise with an opportunity to take something which does not belong to you (which so kindly stated is simply stealing). There is also the enticement to return to that habit you previously gave up and declared deliverance. You may be drawn to give away a very valuable 'piece of your mind' which you cannot afford to lose. Temptation comes in many forms and discernment is required prior to responding in every situation. James 1 encourages us to be slow to speak, slow to being offended and swift to listen. James 1:18-20.
The enemy desires to hold the Believer hostage by replaying past sins and tossing attractions and accusations across their path. When you least expect it, there it is. The opportunity to choose holiness or selfishness.
Thinking you are alone is another trick of the enemy. He causes depression and isolation to lure the Believer to a place separation; creating challenges in spiritual relationships and playing mind games. If he can cause you to pull away from your spiritual strength, the crack he needs to creep in and gain a foothold has been supplied.
Having a strong prayer life and knowledge of the Word of God are the greatest weapons against the enemy. You must know what and how to pray. Too often there is the attempt to fight the enemy in the flesh. We get caught up in our emotions and want to go toe to toe when the fight is supernatural. 2 Cor 10:3-5.
As we continue to fight the good fight of faith, we know we are not in this battle alone and we know we have the victory. 1 Cor 15:57. There is no new experience under the sun and we have confidence that we are more than conquerors because Jesus loves us.
The street signs often depict the response of our decisions.
Freedom moves us forward and bondage takes us in reverse.
Holy decisions lead to freedom. Sinful decisions lead to bondage.
Which road will you chose?