Sharing here a devotional I wrote for my church’s lenten devotional. ~Stan
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
While I always liked this verse as the hope it provides, it wasn’t until the last couple of years that the message of this truly came alive to me in person.
There is great power in each person’s story and testimony of Christ working in their lives. As I became more comfortable to to share my own story of weakness and sin, I learned of countless others that have similar stories dealing with temptation and sexual brokenness. I was not the only one struggling. I am not alone. This can be a great encouragement. Share your story – just as our church mission states: “We are a broken people being transformed by the Gospel, called to enjoy Jesus and to help others do the same.”
Meanwhile, I had also often felt like I had no control over the addictive behaviors in my life. I struggled to believe in the freedom that has been offered in Christ. Through the testimonies of others I was reminded of the freedom that I do have in Christ. The truth is I have a choice, we have a choice; every time we are tempted to think, say or do anything in a matter of seconds we do have the freedom to choose. Those initial choices can determine if I (we) choose to live in freedom or sin. When those choices present themselves – God promises a way out. Ask him and cry out for help and power to see that way out; perhaps it’s reflecting on lies we may believe and replacing them with truth, changing our physical location, changing what we watch or read, asking for others to pray, texting or contacting a brother or sister in Christ, or singing/listening to a praise song. Seek His promise.
Prayer: Father, help us to remember that freedom that we do have because of you. May we quickly seek you when tempted and ask for power and sight to see the way out and to walk in that freedom you have promised. May we also have the courage and vulnerability to share with others these stories to have others walk this journey with us and may it be an encouragement to others towards transformation and freedom. May it be a testament of the hope we have in the Gospel truth; may our story be your story.