When Dr. David Jeremiah was a little boy, his family went on a vacation. They stayed in a cottage on a lake. "Whatever you do, don't go near the lake, while we are gone to the store." He went anyway and fell in the lake. Before he could get back to the cabin, his parents had arrived, and they were furious.
"What were you doing?" His mother said. "It was an accident" he said. His mother then replied, "you have your swimming trunks on, what do you mean it was an accident?"
"Well, I just took the swimming trunks in case I got tempted.”
How many times have I sinned because I walked past "a way out" in order to get as close to the wrong activity without participating. . .
. . . and then wonder why I was not able to resist sinning against God?
With me, THE WAY OUT occurs long before the temptation becomes unbearable or irresistible to me.
These days, I am focusing more on how present Jesus is with me when I think too long about any sinful activity. Realizing that he is right there in my heart helps me to deal with my unholy thoughts long before they become actions.
That's my WAY OUT!
“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).
“Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself THINK ABOUT WAYS to indulge your evil desires” (Romans 13:13, 14).
“Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires” (Romans13:14 CEV).
Be a blessing to someone today!
By Alfred Donald