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Take the Exit!

Temptations come in all shapes and sizes. Daily, we face things and situations that tempt us to lie, covet, gossip, thieve, lust, lose our patience, etc. How are we supposed to guard ourselves against so many snares against us?

One answer is that we prayerfully lean on the Lord for help (Ephesians 6:11-18). But another answer—which might be harder for us to apply—is to seek the way of escape that the Lord himself provides. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Paul assures that “when you are tempted, [God] will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Read that wonderful assurance again: God always provides a way out.

Here’s a great question to ask ourselves: Are we willing to open the door of escape that God provides? Often, the way out is through things like self-denial, or confessing to a trusted Christian friend, or humbly asking our small group for prayer, or seeking pastoral counsel, but this can be difficult for us because it's easier to enjoy the momentary pleasure that tempts us.

This week, ask God to help you value the way out more than the temporary pleasure.


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