Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond what your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
I was reminded of one of God’s great promises this morning that stands in opposition to the lies that Satan would have us believe. The promise is found in 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 and will defeat the following lies we often let ourselves believe.
Lie # 1 – I will never succumb to this temptation or commit that sin.
This is a lie grounded in the sin of pride and self-righteousness. When we feel like there is an area of our life that is beyond the reach of Satanic temptation, watch out. That is exactly where he will attack. Instead of taking such a prideful stance, we need to be humble and realize that we could very easily fall. We need to be aware of Satan’s attack and be prepared to depend upon God’s help. We need not put ourselves in situations that would lead to temptation and sin. A better attitude is “There but for the grace of God go I.” God says, “take heed lest he fall.”
Lie #2 – No one understands what I am going through.
This is a lie that Satan wants to use to cripple us with a “woe is me” outlook. The truth is others have experienced the pain, the struggles, and the temptations we are currently facing. We are not alone for “no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” And the best news of all is Jesus is our great high priest who “sympathizes with our weaknesses” and who “in every respect has been tempted as we, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Lie #3 – God has abandoned me in my struggle.
Absolutely not, “God is faithful” even we are not. He will never leave us forsake us.
Lie #4 – I cannot handle these struggles anymore. They are too difficult.
The struggles we face are difficult but God will “not let you be tempted beyond what your ability.” If you are facing pain and and temptation God will set a limit on it that will not surpass what you can bear. I think most of us wish that God did not put so much faith in our ability! But the truth is, our ability rest not in us but in Him for if we are in Christ, Christ is in us and He has the ability to handle what we think we cannot!
Lie #5 – I have no options but to give in to this.
Not true! Not true at all! Not only does Christ in us give us the ability to stand against Satan’s attacks God will also “provide the way of escape.” Think of Joshua. When his boss’s wife tried to seduce him, he found the way of escape and ran and did not stop running! Flee if you must but find the way of escape. God has provided it!
Lie #6 – I can’t go on anymore so the best thing for me to do is give up and give in!
Satan wants you to give up. God will empower you to never give up and promises to grant you longsuffering and then reward you for it. God says that no matter what pain, temptation, struggle, or disappointment you are facing, you are “able to endure it”!
“Even when Christians face morally confusing situations, they should never think that they have no options other than sinful ones. There will always be a morally right solution that does not require disobedience to any of God’s moral laws” ESV Study Bible Notes