>God keeps His promise; He will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist; at the time you are tempted He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out. 1 Cor. 10:13 (GN)
If we choose to persist, God will allow us to sin. If we choose to seek God’s help, He will provide a way out.
When I’ve faced temptation, God has provided a knock on the door or a phone call from a friend. God has provided a picture of what my life would look like if I played the movie forward. What would happen to my family? What would my friends think? What would become of me? But, if I really want to sin, I always can.
A friend in Bible college traveled out of town to be in someone’s wedding. (No, it wasn’t me.) He and another groomsman decided after the wedding that since they were all dressed up, they needed to find some trouble. They wanted to be bad. Dancing, drinking and finding girls that do was their agenda. They headed into a local bar and found a table. While this was taboo in their families and churches, they were out to have a good time.The bar was full of women. They were in luck. There were so many women to choose from. In fact, there were no other men in the bar, and nobody asked them to dance. In their effort to be bad, the two tuxedoed groomsmen had wandered into a lesbian bar. They soon headed back to their hotel. Their plans were foiled. God had provided a way out.
When you are tempted, how do you need God to help you change the channel in your mind? If you ask God for help, He will help. If you ask a friend, he or she will help. If you would rather give in, you can do that too.
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