“Whereforever, let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 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. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” I Cor. 10:12-14
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
So, I guess this verse puts an end to the excuse, “I just couldn’t resist” to rest. The bottom line is, we must take responsibility for our decisions. The Bible says that God will not allow us to be tempted to the degree that we cannot make a good choice. I have been reading over 1 Cor 10: 12-14 for a few minutes now, and I did not see the promise of “easy”. We all know that life can present some pretty tempting distractions to get us off tract. The encouraging portion of this scripture is—there is no room for excuses. We do not have to keep falling into the same traps because God will always provide a way out. His “way out” is probably not be what we want to do, because—let’s face it—if it were, we would have DONE it by now! But, if we restrain ourselves from our natural way of doing things, and let God control our lives, we will see the changes that we so desperately need. Are you sick of your life yet?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank you for the wisdom of 1 Cor. 10: 12-14. I drop my excuses. There are no good ones for making poor choices. I am the one who has to live with them, and quite frankly, I can’t do it anymore. I need wisdom and restraint. Help me to not look at achieving immediate gratification, as this has been my downfall. Help me to grow up; it is time. I take responsibility for my life and my choices. I am willing to obey whatever you tell my heart to do, even if it is not easy. Lord, guide me through this new way of thinking. Help me to remember to lean on your word as this will be the key to a good life. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray that you outpour supernatural wisdom and restraint on my life, Amen.”