God Will Provide a Way To Escape
"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." (1 Corinthians 10:13)
I'll never forget an experience I had as a five-year-old. I was visiting kindergarten for the first time, and I got stuck in the restroom. I was able to unlock the door, but it just wouldn't budge open. I pushed and pulled, but I couldn't get it to move. Then I panicked. Had the teacher forgotten about me? Would anyone ever find me? I began to cry, and thankfully, the teacher came to my rescue. She told me to crawl under the door to get out. How silly of me! Why hadn't I thought of that myself? Soon I was on the other side and finally felt relief!
Have you ever been trapped somewhere and had the feeling that you wouldn't be able to get out? Have you ever been tempted to do something wrong and just didn't feel like doing the right thing? Sometimes when being tempted to do wrong, you feel so alone and maybe you even think that the most important people in your lives have forgotten about you.
But God hasn't! In 1 Corinthians 10:13 Paul says that God is faithful and will not leave you helpless in times of temptation. God will always provide a way for you to escape temptation.
Sometimes God allows temptations to happen in your life in order to test your faith in Him. Your circumstances may seem tough, but God offers you encouragement for each test. First, you are not alone. Every Christian is tempted to do wrong. Second, God knows how strong your faith is and knows how much you can take. Third, God always provides a way for you to escape temptation. He provides parents, teachers, and friends to help you resist temptation. He also gives you His Word, to help you fight temptation (Ephesians 6:10-11). Remember when Jesus was tempted by the Devil? Each time the Devil tempted Him (Luke 4), Jesus responded with verses from Scripture.
As a five-year-old, I wasn't able to see that I could just crawl under the door to escape. Sometimes you might think that there's no way that you escape temptations. But God knows exactly how He can help you, and He has promised to provide a way!
God always provides a way for you to resist temptation.
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Truth In Real Life
“O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise!”
Charles Wesley has been called many things, including “the great hymn writer of all ages” and “the Father of Sacred Song.” Born the eighteenth child in his family on December 18, 1707, he wrote over 6,500 hymns in his 80 years of life. Some of his most famous hymns include “Rock of Ages,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Just As I Am.”
Charles Wesley was perhaps influenced most profoundly by his godly mother, Susannah Wesley. Despite the fact that there were always a number of children around her, Susannah determined to spend time with each of them. She was known for being a strict but loving mother. Her biggest concern was that her children, including Charles, would grow up to love Jesus Christ.
He was a smart and gifted young man, and people admired him. When he was 15 years old, his father received a letter from a wealthy Irish man offering to adopt Charles Wesley and make him the heir of all he owned. Instead, the teenager chose to stay with his family. The wealthy Irish man ended up adopting another boy, who would come to be known as “Lord Wellesley.” This young man grew up to conquer Napoleon at Waterloo. Both Charles Wesley and Lord Wellesley influenced history, but in vastly different ways.
In college, the Wesley brothers (Charles and his brother John) started the “Holy Club” – a group responsible for visiting the sick, praying for the unsaved, and reading the Bible. Over time, many great men of faith would participate in this group.
For fifty years, Wesley traveled on horseback, preaching the truth wherever he went. After his death, a monument was placed in his honor which read, “God buries His workmen, but carries on His work.”
What are you doing to carry on God’s work today? Are you thinking of ways that you can bring honor to God? You may not accomplish something that looks great in the eyes of the world (like conquering a famous general-emperor), but you can influence many people for the sake of the Gospel!
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.