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Way Out

11 November 2009

Scripture:

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it. (1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NLT)

In the London Underground stations, there’s always a prominently posted sign that says “Way Out.” Without those signs, you could spend hours taking wrong turns and wandering around the maze of hallways, tunnels, and platforms. As we move along in life’s journey, we’ll face temptations and testings that could easily send us down the wrong corridor, taking us further and further from God’s pathway.

It’s human nature and it’s the human situation. Temptations to sin come to all of us. Because we’re all the same in our humanity, the temptations in my life are no different from those others experience. I must keep my eyes open for God’s “Way Out” signs.

Here are some “Way Out” signs that can help keep me from giving in to the temptations that come into my life: 

• Don’t become overconfident or arrogant.
• Recognize the costly consequences of the sin.
• Be so committed to God’s purpose for my life that I refuse to be sidelined by sin.
• Fear the displeasure of God. Sin separates.
• Make myself relationally accountable to someone and be honest in that relationship.
• Approach life’s choices thoughtfully and not just emotionally or impulsively.
• Look for the “Way Out.” God’s Word says to flee temptation, not resist it.
• Remember that God loves me unconditionally and completely.
• Be quick to confess and repent when I sin. 

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for your faithfulness to always provide a “Way Out” for me to overcome temptation and make the right choices. Please forgive me for the many times I don’t deal with temptation wisely and fail to take the Way Out you provide. Help me to do better and to help others do better with this. Amen.

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