Temptation once resisted will give power to more firmly resist the second time; every new victory gained over self will smooth the way for higher and nobler triumphs.
1 Corinthians 10:13
Often in our Christian walk, we are confronted with temptations or trials. How we react may vary. Sometimes we think God is allowing us to suffer too much, or we may believe we are suffering unfairly. Occasionally we may feel that God is far from us and that there is no way out. At these moments when we face temptation, it is important to remember that God remains faithful.
I. The limits of temptation
II. The way out
“…But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Cor. 10:13). The phrase “a way out” indicates that for every temptation, God will provide an escape. This “way out” is not a way to avoid temptation, but by being grounded in God’s Word, we can avoid being overcome by sin. Although God allows us to face trials and temptations, He prepares ways through which we may obtain victory and avoid sin. Jesus, our perfect example, found His “way out” in the Word of God (Luke 4:4, 8:12). Christ’s followers may also rest in the assurance that they can escape the tempter’s snares by having a deep relationship with Jesus, the Living Word (John 1:1-3, 14). Christ is always ready and willing to free those who seek Him, and He will keep them from falling into sin (Ps. 9:9; 27:5, 41:1; 91:15, 2 Peter 2:9; Rev. 3:10).
We have assurance in the Word of God that heavenly assistance is given to everyone who strives to overcome. Ellen G. White says, “All the temptations of Satan, Christ met with the word of God. By trusting in God’s promises, He received power to obey God’s commandments, and the tempter could gain no advantage. To every temptation His answer was, ‘It is written.’ So God has given us His word wherewith to resist evil.”
III. Truths we cannot forget
We have seen that through the Word of God, we may find strength to resist temptation. When God promises He will give us a “way out,” there are two biblical truths we cannot forget.
How do these two groups differ in the response? Does being a Christian make a difference? Yes! The difference is that we have a God who is faithful even in the midst of trials, a God who will provide a way for us to bear any trial.
We have His assurance. White gives us this beautiful reminder: “Summon all your powers to look upon, not down at your difficulties; then you will never faint by the way. You will soon see Jesus behind the cloud, reaching out His hand to help you; and all you have to do is to give Him your hand in simple faith and let Him lead you.
Cod is always faithful, even in the midst of temptation. He will not allow us to face any temptation that can overpower us. He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to hear. Through His Word, He gives us victory. He will never fail. Remember what Ellen G. White says: “When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power f the Word. All its strength is yours?