Learning to Resist Temptation

Here we are— the second month into the year, and if you’re like me, the struggle to resist temptation and keep my commitment to better myself is REAL. We face temptations everyday. But doesn’t it seem like the very second you commit to making a change in your life, Satan goes into OVERDRIVE to divert you on alternate routes?

You are not alone. In fact, the Bible clearly says “you’re not the only one” in the first part of 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT). “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.”

The verse goes on to give us hope. God will not let the impulse be bigger than you, and he always sends help, “…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.”

Can I tell you the hardest part for me? Looking for the way out. Many times, in the moment of desire, I don’t want to get out. I don’t want to resist. However, God knows engaging in temptation isn’t life-giving. It’s destructive, depressing, and dangerous. So, he shows us a way out.  Reading this scripture in 1 Corinthians recently, I found myself praying, “Lord, help me look for the escape!” The way out is there, but the Bible doesn’t say God forces us to it; it says he “will show you a way out”. The choice is up to you, just as the choice is up to me.

Feel free to join me in praying regularly. Lord, help me look for the escape so that we can experience more life-giving moments every day.

Cari Kates

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11 Comments

  1. Lenore T. on February 10, 2022 at 7:41 am

    Thank you for this reminder. God is faithful, always! I am joining you in prayer.

    • Cari Kates on February 10, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Yes he is, Lenore! Glad you’re with me. 🙂

    • Gary on February 10, 2022 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Kate wise words and good advice and God’s promise but we make the choice thank you

      • Gary on February 10, 2022 at 9:53 am

        Forgive me for calling you Kate ,carri😊

        • Cari Kates on February 11, 2022 at 9:49 am

          Hey it’s okay! Happened all the time. 😜 Glad you were encouraged!

  2. Jonathan Torres on February 10, 2022 at 8:39 am

    Amen. This is so true. We often forget who we are & who we live for (God) in the moment of trial & temptation. This is when we, as Christians, need to actually apply what we believe in & use or armor/weapons on the Spirit.

    • Cari Kates on February 10, 2022 at 9:40 am

      Yes, Jonathan that’s great wisdom!

  3. Diane D. on February 10, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Thank you Cari! Too many times, I believe I can handle temptation on my own; I want to prove my strength or resiliency. It can’t be done! We NEED His help. He KNOWS the enemy’s tricks better than anyone else. And there are those times when I think that God won’t “get it”, and that He will be upset with me that I’m being tempted with a particular action/thing. And just as scripture says, my temptation is no different than others. He will not be surprised. In fact, He’s more than ready and able to perform. He just waits for me, His daughter, to seek Him and ask for His help. He will ALWAYS show us a way out and give us His strength.

    • Cari Kates on February 11, 2022 at 9:50 am

      So true, Diane. It brings me such comfort to know I am not alone in the temptations I face on the regular.

    • Aida on February 14, 2022 at 6:55 am

      God must always have the glory. We have to try to stop doing things in our own strength. Our strength is in the Lord.

      • Cari Kates on February 14, 2022 at 12:41 pm

        Amen, Aida!

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