I recently heard Dr. Johnny Pope make a powerful statement about temptation; he said, “If we will not free ourselves from the presence of sin, God has no obligation to free us from the power of sin.” Take a moment and meditate on that truth! How often have we been guilty of placing ourselves in situations where we knew we would be tempted to sin, and then found that we were not capable of winning that battle? We are commanded to, “Take heed lest we fall.” We as children of God should be cautiously avoiding sinful places and practices. The Bible never once tells us to fight sin or temptation, but rather we are repeatedly commanded to FLEE from its enticements. This passage is no exception; we are promised an opportunity to escape temptation. Consider this; our opportunity to escape may come in the form of avoiding entire situations. Allow me to illustrate. If you receive an invitation to a party where you are aware that some immoral or sinful activity will happen, your opportunity to escape the temptation to indulge in those activities would be by declining the invitation. Believer, we must love our Saviour more than our sin, or we will never experience the joy of the Christian life.
I Corinthians 10:12-13:
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
13 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.