In the Australian bush country grows a little plant called the “sundew.” It has a slender stem and tiny, round leaves fringed with hairs that glisten with bright drops of liquid as delicate as fine dew. Its attractive clusters of red, white, and pink blossoms are harmless, the leaves are deadly. The shiny moisture on each leaf is sticky and will imprison any bug that touches it. As an insect struggles to free itself, the vibration causes the leaves to close tightly around it. This innocent-looking plant then feeds on the victim.
Temptation is lurking all around, Satan makes sure of it. All too often we give into it. So many times we make excuses.
One excuse is that my temptation was so unique, I could not resist. It was so unexpected and came from my blind side, I just couldn’t say ‘no.’
Another reason we might give-in is accusing God of being on vacation. The situation was totally devoid of any spiritual help or encouragement. If God had helped me then perhaps I could have resisted.
A third excuse could be to point out that it was a trap. There was no way out. It was a setup! I had no other option than to go along.
Or we could just blame it on the persistent nature of the temptation. You said no over and over again to the seduction. But finally you felt so worn down, you gave in to it.
But God gives us a promise in Scripture concerning temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)
Note the four parts to this promise. First, every temptation is common, there’s nothing new, and thousands of others have faced that temptation before you.
Second, God is always faithful. His presence is inescapable. He is always ready to help when you call on him in your time of need.
Third, there’s always a way out. You may feel painted into a corner, but there will always be a window if you will seek it.
Fourth, you will be able to endure it. Even though it keeps coming back over and over again, you can say no every time by God’s power.
So don’t bugout to Satan’s seduction to pull you in and feed on you.
Want to know more? This Sunday at 9am, Pastor Denny will continue the series, “A Faith that Works.” Find us at BalboaBaptist.Church. Check out the first message in the series by clicking “Media.” Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity through love, prayer, worship, teaching, and service. You may contact Pastor Denny at firstname.lastname@example.org.