No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Just prior to making this statement, Paul points out the blessings the Israelites were given, yet the fell into temptation and sinned against God. Because of those sins, they were punished multiple times.
Every person is tempted to do something that they should not do. It is a common thing to happen for every person regardless of age, nationality, sex, or any other factor determining who the person is.
The world sees the temptation as being tempted to break their own laws. Those laws are very fluid and not always agreed upon. Many will deny that following those temptations are bad, as long as it does not appear to hurt anyone.
Believers are to follow the rules God has laid out for them. The temptation arises to break those rules. Many believers have fallen into temptation, only to say that the temptation was too great for them.
They often feel that they need to do the wrong thing, because of other factors. The reasons are many: peer pressure, fear of failure, past mistakes, not knowing another way out, fear of standing out as different, fear of persecution or ridicule, along with many other reasons.
Every temptation is really no different from one person to the next. No matter what the temptation is, someone else has gone through it at some point. The good news for believers, is that God always provides a way out from that temptation.
The way out may be as simple as walking away. Or it could be changing your thoughts by doing something else. Taking time to pray or worship God. Just saying no to the temptation. Begin doing something for God.
You will be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. However, you do not have to give into the temptation. You do not have to sin.
When being tempted ask God for the direction out and away from that temptation. And then be willing to move in that direction.
God will always make a way out, however, you must be willing to follow God’s directions. There is no reason to sin. You are a new person in Jesus. Be the new person.
I pray today that you will see God’s way out of temptation; that you will seek God when tempted; that you will turn away from all temptation; and that you will live to please God in every area of your life.