Temptation Island

No, not the awful T.V. show. I’m talking about temptation that we all face in our daily lives. Temptation is everywhere, on T.V., on the internet, and on the radio. Some of us may be facing temptation in our own homes. For some of us temptation has such a grasp that we feel like we have no other choice but to give in. Like we can’t function without submitting to that temptation so we can just get on with our daily routine. Reading through 1 Corinthians, Paul brings up temptation in chapter 10 verse 13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” For some of us the temptation feels like being trapped on an island, no way out. But if we put our faith in the Lord, He will provide a way. God will never put us in a “no win” situation, there is always hope. I heard my pastor say something this past Sunday that made a lot of sense. He said, “What you constantly think about, you will eventually do.” If we are doing nothing but sitting around thinking about how much we want to give in to that temptation, more than likely we eventually will. Whenever the urge to do something that I know I shouldn’t be doing pops in my head, I immediately try to find something that will take my mind away from that temptation. It can be hard sometimes, especially when we tell ourselves that it’s not hurting anyone. Maybe you’re being tempted to do something that you’re not really sure would be a sin or not. In those “grey area” temptations I look at 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God, just ask yourself if you’re not sure, “Would doing this glorify God?” If not, chances are, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Now I know a lot of people are reading this and saying, “How can everything I do glorify God?” Giving thanks is one way. Before you dive in to that mocha frappe, give thanks to God that He allowed that wonderful treat to be part of your life. Before you fire up the Xbox, give thanks that you live in a part of the world that has electricity. I’ve even started using my temptation as a way of glorifying God. Whenever I’m tempted, I thank God for giving me the strength to endure. If it wasn’t for God, I never would have been set free from the temptations that were ruling my life. The temptation to drink, to smoke, to look at pornography. These temptations had complete control of my life, and I’m not going to lie, I still struggle with them. But God has broken my chains of bondage. He set me free from a life of temptation and addiction. When I felt trapped on that island, He provided a life raft to salvation. He can do the same thing for you. To anyone out there reading this that feels lost to a world of temptation and addiction, God can save you, God WILL save you. All you have to do is ask. Romans 10:13 NKJV, “For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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