Text: 1st Corinthians 10:13 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.
In our text for today, Paul writes about God’s ability to provide a way of escape from every temptation. Temptation in this context connotes challenges. We should understand that Christians are not immune from the challenges of life. We face many of them always.
As much as we understand God’s ability to deliver from every trouble, we should also be aware that satan and his cohorts have no pleasure in our escape. That is, satan and his human agents don’t want you to escape their traps.
We must be careful not to make ourselves the lawful captives of our enemies. Enemies are always ready to shoot their last bullet at anyone trying to escape their trenches. They don’t mind wasting precious lives. Even Bible says, the lawful captives of the mighty cannot be delivered (Isaiah 49:24).
Some of the things the devil can use to make one become a lawful captive include:
- Adultery: The sin of adultery will damn your soul and destroy your life Proverbs 7:6-27, Proverbs 6:32-33, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:15-18.
- Alcohol: If you’re given to drinking alcohol, you might soon lose your life. By the way, the bible is against it Proverbs 31:4-7, Isaiah 5:22-24
- Love of money: People have committed a lot of atrocities in the name of making money and getting rich quickly. If you’re one of them, desist, Bible is warning you. 1 Timothy 6:9-10.
The points mentioned above are parts of the traps satan used to take people captive. If you fall into one or more of them, they can make life miserable for you. They can bring untold troubles and anxieties into one’s life that you begin to question if you will ever get out of it.
Yet, the bible insists that God is able to make a way of escape according to our Bible text. It’s not also impossible that the situation you’re facing is not a result of your choice – sometimes, the devil deliberately wages war against innocent believers.
If you’re currently facing a difficult situation and you’re looking up to God for a way of escape, do the following:
- Pray specifically to God for a way out. Proverbs 6:1-5, 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, Job 5:19
- Sing praises to God as if you have escaped already. Psalm 124:6-7, Psalm 40:2-3, Acts 16:25-26
- Confess your victory and exercise your faith. 2 Corinthians 4:13
- Be open to the Holy Spirit for direction. Isaiah 30:20-21
Don’t give up, God has not forgotten you (Isaiah 49:15-16); He will make a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).