Way Of Escape

THE ESCAPE ROUTE

1 Corinthians 10:13 -- There has 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 you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.

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This verse talks about the period of temptation and how God provides a method for us to endure it. How encouraging that we have a God who weighs each temptation to ensure that we can withstand it. God has provided an escape route for us in each and every temptation.

The way out is to approach the throne of grace and seek grace in times of need; that is before we fall. Then there is God's promise that we will get grace, which is power and assistance at the appropriate moment, to enable us to stand once we have conquered all obstacles.

Ephesians 6:13 -- Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Hebrews 4:16 -- Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

God does not provide us with a method to escape temptation in order for the temptation to end; rather, He provides us with a way to avoid temptation in order for us to bear it. He has promised us the strength of the Holy Spirit to help us endure temptation. 

It is the same everlasting Spirit that empowered Jesus throughout His fleshly days, enabling Him to present Himself to God as a spotless Lamb.

Hebrews 9:14 -- How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Such an escape route enables us to avoid defeat during times of temptation. However, we must then choose to endure pain in our lives. By nature, we would like to avoid suffering in the body, expecting that God would provide a method to avoid temptation and lead us out of hardship. 

However, this is not the case. Israel felt this way under the old covenant, and as a result, they missed their chance to come and conquer the country. When they opted to leave the circumstances God had set for them, they also chose to forfeit a significant victory over their adversaries. What they really chose was to wander for forty years in the desert, surrounded by their adversaries.

BREAKTHROUGH

What is the best strategy for defeating our adversaries? 

As long as I choose to evade my adversaries I go out of the position that God has planned for me. Perhaps I stay in a position, but as long as I choose to entertain bad ideas about others, thoughts that are unthankful, thoughts that judge or demand something of others, I choose to walk around my adversaries. 

The fact is that my adversaries reside inside my own flesh, and this has nothing to do with the others or the conditions of my existence. A scapegoat, an excuse, comes to save the body from suffering, and therefore we hear the flesh scream out, "The others are the issue!" 

When I, by God's help, refuse to give my mind up to negative, unthankful, and judgemental thoughts that place expectations on others, I see plainly that the issue is, in reality, my flesh. Then I pass directly past my adversaries and into the Promised Land.

We must not follow Israel's lead. Let us rather choose God's method of escape in times of temptation—the way of escape in which I endure the temptation and get the ability to suffer in my body in order to be done with my adversaries—with sin!

1 Peter 4:1 -- So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin,

It is self-evident that this results in brief, momentary misery. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 -- For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

However, this is exactly the time when I may abstain from sin. This is the point at which I can be done with my adversaries, finished with suffering under their tyranny, rather than going about them in circles year after year. 

Which do you believe is the most agonising? 

The apostle exhorts us that "we must enter the kingdom of God through many hardships." 

Acts 14:22 -- They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.”

Yes, through many difficulties, not in the midst of numerous tribulations. Then we enter the kingdom of the Holy Spirit, which is replete with righteousness, peace, and joy.

May God forcefully enable us to take the path of least resistance at times of temptation that passes through, not around, trials. God has provided this means of escape, a means of escaping from all wickedness, turmoil, and misery. 

Each and everyone who makes use of it is blessed.

Blessings,

Godwin.

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