“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV
God will not put more on you than you can bear. There is no temptation that can overcome you, that God has not made a way out, for an escape. Sometimes we think that God is being unfair and allowing us to be in the same situation after praying to be relieved from it. Someone reading this needs to know that God has not forgotten about you. Your prayers are not going up in vain. You are not being looked over. In fact, God is working on your behalf, He has been, from the very beginning. One thing I had to learn was that God will often times change us before He changes our circumstances. No, let me rephrase that, God WANTS to change us before changing our circumstances. As I am typing I am getting a word in my spirit about temptation and how it comes in all forms. For me personally, my desire for marriage used to rule me and my decisions, but thank God for deliverance and on time messages, from preachers and teachers to help me realize that I must trust God and not my desires. We must trust God and not our flesh. We must trust God’s Word and not settle for what entices our flesh.
Every day temptation knocks on our doors. As long as we are in the flesh, we will be tempted by something because let’s face it, our flesh is weak. The form of temptation varies for different individuals. Maybe for you, there’s a temptation in
- Picking up a doughnut that looks so good, but you just asked the Lord to help you with your weight goal.
- Entertaining your imaginations that are leading you away from Christ and to anxiety lane, worrisome boulevard, or lustful street. (Maybe I’m the only one with that struggle.)
- Listening to that new Beyonce album, when you know all she sings about is everything that will hinder your walk with Christ. (Okay, that one was for me too lol.)
- Checking up on your ex, when you know God told you to look forward and forget the former things. (Okay I’m just putting myself all the way out there lol.)
- Pursuing someone because God is taking too long in bringing your man, when you know that He who findeth a wife findeth a good thing.
- Calling into work with a lie because you’re just too lazy and tired to get up out of bed. (I can’t be the only one who’s thought of doing that.)
- Missing Sunday service because you just don’t feel like going.
Whatever the your case is, temptation is all around, and if anyone says it’s not they are lying to you.
That’s why in Matthew 26:41, The Word says to “watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, because the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak“.
The spirit is willing to be strong and trust in God’s timing but the flesh wants its desires to be given right now. The spirit is willing to get up out of bed and go to work or church even though the flesh wants to soak in its feelings and stay in bed. The spirit is willing to cast its cares upon the Lord, including the anxiety, worries, concerns and believe that God has it all under control. Truth is, our flesh is too weak and wants to entertain the scenarios and imaginations of the mind that’s not from God.That’s why we are told repeatedly to crucify our flesh, deny our flesh, not to walk in the flesh, and not to give into our fleshly desires.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
It’s difficult to walk in the spirit if we are filled with flesh. We have to do our part by fasting, consecrating ourselves, and making ourselves available to God’s spirit to help because we cannot do it on our own. I repeat, we cannot do it on our own. Our flesh wants to do what it wants. It wants to play around with temptation. It wants to see how far can we hang out with temptation before we actually fall into it and become controlled by our desires. However, today I have come to let you know that God has made a way out and expects us to take the escape route.
What’s the escape route? Well for starters you must read your Word and know what is from God and what is not from God. Know what’s coming from your flesh and what’s from the spirit. You will also know the tricks of the enemy and be alert and watchful. You will know when you are being led by your flesh and when you are being led by the spirit. Then you must have a prayer life, so you are connected to God and can hear Him speak to you, warn you, then guide you to the right path. By reading your Word, and staying in tuned to Him, you are able to see God and follow Him an able to resist the devil.
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24
So today I encourage you to choose the way out. I encourage you to crucify your flesh and all its lustful desires.and start walking in the spirit intentionally. Don’t allow your desires to overcome you and lead you into temptation.