Catch the Traps!

Catch the Traps!

Most temptations come with a command: you must do this. Just like satan made Eve focus on the one tree she couldn’t have, he tempts us with the one thing that we think we must have. His traps are to trick us into what appears to be good but would lead us astray. In addition to obvious enticements, like being tempted to marry the wrong person or take the wrong job; some temptations are more opaque. 

A story I read illustrates our response to temptation. At a market, a little boy standing by some candy looked like he was going to put some into his pocket and walk out the door. A clerk watched the boy for a long time, and finally spoke to him. “Looks like you’re trying to take some candy” the clerk said. The boy replied, “You’re wrong, sir. I’m trying not to.”  

We must be quick to recognize temptation and protect ourselves from it by running to the Lord.  If we try to justify our desire for what we know is wrong, we begin wanting it more and move closer to biting the bait. It is Jesus we must focus on. God is faithful and enables us to bear the enticement by leading us to a better way, His, from glory to glory!  

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

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Free to Flee

Free to Flee

Our freedom in Christ enables us to flee when temptation comes. Instead of so easily running into a trap of the enemy, we can rush to the Lord. We discern the cunning of our adversary. Aware that the enemy can disguise himself as an angel of light, prepares us to watch and flee; not slowly, but quickly. Like a deer facing danger, we leap away from hindrances. 

We trust the leading of the Holy Spirit with each step we take. When He says flee, we do. No time for questioning. Immediately we obey. In some situations, we must flee, taking no time to think it over; even a slight delay can hinder our escape. We become stronger, saying no when necessary as we reinforce our boundaries.  

In Christ, we are free indeed! Jesus is our fortress, our refuge and our strength. We move rapidly and run to Him. We long to reach and keep our place of safety in Him. It’s not fleeing because of fear; it’s escaping to absorb the protection we have in Christ. We are free to flee, from glory to glory!  

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

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Way of Escape

Way of Escape

When we go through trials, the pressure to succumb to temptations intensifies. Temptations from satan, the tempter, to look for fleshy ways of escape like a drink, pill, toxic relationship or anything else to appease our physical demands. God has made ways of escape, to enable us to bear the trials we face. Recognizing the struggle between the flesh and the spirit helps us walk victoriously.

There is a split second when we need to decide between the two. Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Temptation can overcome people so quickly that they only realize the damages of their choices after the fact. The enemy adds guilt and self-condemnation to their plight. The key is to pray ahead of time for the empowerment to rebuke the tempter and reach for Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Our ability to overcome improves by yielding to God’s power. We escape through our worship. We bow down and lay everyone and everything at the altar. In that place of surrender, we rest in Him. The Lord is a mighty provider, a faithful King: loving and caring. We discover His amazing grace, from glory to glory.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”