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
This verse is so true folks.
The problem is not with God and His Word but rather, the problem lies with us.
We think we are alone in our struggles…we are not.
We think the temptation is too strong for us to withstand…oh boy.
We think we have no way out…yet we do!
Instead of believing that God’s Word is true we end up, more often than not, believing the lies of the devil.
At one time I did believe his lies…but…
I know I’m not the only one tempted with lust.
I know I’m not the only one who still fights against habitual sin in their lives.
And I most certainly know I’m not the only selfish person.
I believe that part of the problem, with us not believing this scripture, is that a lot of people believe that the temptation is the sin…wrong!
Being tempted is not a sin. I can be tempted all day long and not sin. Trust me, there are those days. But, it is not until I give thought to that temptation and take action upon it, that it becomes sin.
So if I am having a hard time sleeping or I am just plain lonely, which is almost a constant struggle for me, I may be tempted to watch porn and masturbate to fall asleep because that’s what I used to do.
Or I may hear a song on the radio that flashes a visual in my mind I wish had never seen. A visual I feel I need to bang my head against a wall to get out.
Or I may say in passing I could use a beer after a very trying day at work.
And yeah…the desire for sex is ALWAYS there, because well sex is awesome. 🙂 But I see sex a lot differently now than I did as a teen or even while I was married.
My way out for the last one is easy…I’m single…lol
The second one I just do not go near the beer section of whatever store I go to.
The first one is the hard one. Kinda of goes with being single, I guess.
I’ll be honest, there are many nights that I just toss and turn. My mind is going ninety to nothing. It would be so easy to do the deed and fall asleep. But I fight the temptation for many reasons.
Masturbation is sooo unfulfilling and unsatisfying. It is also an act of selfishness.
For me it is a sin. For others it is not. And I get it, sort of, IF you can do it without lust. I understand if there are medical issues and your spouse can not have intercourse. But, my opinion is they should be doing it for you. Plus there is always oral and/or sensual pleasure. And there I go getting off topic again sort of…
For me, personally, it has been a temptation and/or sin ever since I was in junior high. A temptation that turned into a true spiritual battle for decades. Well…maybe spiritual torture at the time. The guilt and shame beat the living crap out of me. One day I was happy and then for next several days…yeah no. For years!
It truly was a struggle and still is to some degree….
That’s the way I used to feel…
I always wondered why the struggle was so freaking hard and now I know…
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
With each temptation there comes a battle. A battle of the mind and heart. Our commander is faithful and will not leave us to our own devices. We just have to see His.
It is war! And like any good commander He has a battle plan!
He always gives us a way out from turning the temptation into sin and loosing the battle.
His promise is true. I’m just stubborn, selfish or blind to see His ways out sometimes. I always saw them as interruptions.
Silly, come to think of it as that is exactly what they were meant to be…duh. But as I said I was stubborn and selfish.
Before I rededicated my life to Lord he would have an employee call with questions about work to get my mind off the temptation. And other times it was a random thought that was totally out of blue. Those, sadly I dismissed and went about my original thoughts…
Now, more often than not he sends a friend. And not by knocking on my front door…(Well, it did happen once..lol)
He sends them via messenger at random times in the night.
He will send someone who is struggling, as I am, asking for prayer.
He will send a friend via text message just saying Hey, I’m thinking of you. How are doing?
He even sends friends via a phone call who just simply wants to vent. I love those the most.
And sometimes God will place someone on my heart and I know I must set myself aside and pray for them.
And He even sends you guys, my blogging family, who comment on my posts, encourage me, and follow up with me outside of WordPress. For that I thank you all.
And no matter which way out He sends I try to take. Because now I see them for what they really are…God saying Hey son you don’t need to do this.
I praise God for His faithfulness!
I praise God that lust does not reign over me as it once did!!
What is your struggle/battle today?
Which way out has God offered you and you have chosen not to accept it periodically? Think deeply, as many ways out can be an every day thing…