1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overcome you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
I hate it.
There are several different versions of temptation, but sadly they all lead us down the same all too familiar path. Destruction.
Whether it’s the one too many doughnuts that ruined your diet or that one bad habit that you swear you’ll never do again except this one last time.
You know what I am talking about don’t you.
But there is good news! You are completely and 100% what God expected.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “God expected me to be a failure?”
The answer yes.
Hint: That’s where Jesus comes in.
God doesn’t want us to fail or to be miserable, but he knew that he had created an imperfect sinful people in dire need of an ultimate delivery from their bad decisions. He gave us free will which often results in indictment, curiosity, distraction, wrong turns and dark ally ways that funnel into the mysteriously placed cheese and snap! We get caught.
Anyone else been there? No? Just me? Well then I’ll give you a moment to hover over here and blind me with your spotlessness.
The world is full of temptations. There are LITERALLY billboards plastered all around us tugging on our shirt tails saying, “hey look at this!”
But there is good news. Yup, you know what I am about to say. Jesus paid it all!
I heard it said like this once; When Jesus was being beaten, spat on, whipped, nail-like thorns wrenched into his head and rail road spikes drove through his hands and feet gushing blood and reorganizing bones, He saw you. Jesus saw you lying, cheating, stealing, fantasizing , hating, shaming, de-humanizing, slandering, etc. And He STILL went through with it.
As an imperfect creation, we are seen perfect through the eyes of the Father. We don’t have to feel ashamed of failing. We simply have to realize, recognize and strategize.
- Realize that you messed up. You have that twinge of guilt rush over you. It’s that feeling in the pit of your gut when you got caught with your hand in the cookie jar by Mamma or when you got called to the principals office.
- Recognize who created you, that He knows you, and that you have potential far beyond even your best day. Jesus died knowing that you were going to mess up, but CHOOSING to love you. YOU ARE WORTH DYING FOR.
- Strategize a new plan. Obviously the one before didn’t work. So now you need to hit your knees and start from scratch. Ask for forgivenss and guidance. And while you’re at it give the devil a piece of your mind! Tell him he may think he has won, but you are surrounded by an army of angels, and he can’t come near you, your family or your friends.
There is no fight to be won, because you serve a God who has already fought for you and won thousands of years ago.
And the next time you are faced with a temptation, tell that old Devil to back off! Walk with your head held high because greater is He living in you than he who is in the world.