Escape Hatch

"The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure." 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) Have you ever said, "No one understands what I'm going through." Sure you have; we all have. The truth is, there are plenty of people who have experienced what you have faced, are facing, and will face. There is no temptation or hardship that we encounter, that is unique only to us. Here is the good news about the hardship and temptations (the difficult situations that beckon us to do wrong) we face; GOD IS FAITHFUL. Did you catch that? Even when you and I are tempted to be unfaithful, God won't budge. He won't leave our side. He is the one constant in our lives when everything else seems chaotic and out of control. He is faithful in the temptations we face in two ways: 1. He will never allow a temptation to be so difficult that it crushes us. He always limits the power of temptation so that we can remain safe and strong. Notice He doesn't remove it, but instead He gives us the ability to keep from letting it destroy us. 2. He always provides a way out (an escape hatch). There is never a temptation you will encounter where you had no other choice but to sin. In fact, test this out the next time you are tempted. Look for the escape hatch God uniquely provides with every temptation to sin. Look for the door marked, "The right choice." I'm sure it will be there. The question is will you walk through it. No matter what temptation we face, God is faithful, and He will always show us the way to escape (obedience to Him). Prayer Lord Jesus, thank you that you are faithful to always be by my side and that I never face a temptation without You there. When I am tempted to sin, help me to look for Your escape hatch and to follow You through it. Amen

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