No temptation has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but with the temptation also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 MKJV)
Temptation tends to strike us most powerfully when we’re going through trials. That’s when our faith is often severely tested. Nevertheless, no temptation is so severe that God can’t equip us with strength to overcome it.
But if no temptation is beyond God’s power to enable us to resist it, then why do people continue to fall into the same sins? It all comes down to the choices we make. Many will deny this, of course, because they’re under the impression that they can’t help it. However, what they’re really saying is that they either don’t want to stop sinning because it gives them too much pleasure to give up their vices, or they believe God isn’t big enough to deliver them from their sins. Either way, it’s a bad scenario!
Listen, when Paul said “no temptation” he meant just that. He didn’t say some temptation, but “no temptation.” Therefore, no excuse is good enough to justify yielding to temptation and committing sin against God. It’s lack of trust in God, which subjects our will to the influence of sin. However, if we would cast our cares on Jesus, exercising implicit faith in His power, no temptation would be inescapable to us.
Jesus said, “truly I say to you, If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Move from here to there. And it shall move. And nothing shall be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20b MKJV). How could anyone who knows Jesus deny these words?
Are the mountains of sin in your life too big for God to handle? Indeed, God can move those mountains; but that’s not going to happen unless you make following God’s will a priority in your life. Don’t use your failures as an excuse to justify holding on to your sins, but kneel before God in prayer and ask Him for strength to resist evil. When you get into the habit of doing that, you will discover what it means to walk in victory through Jesus Christ.