A WAY OF ESCAPE

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)

John Bunyan, the Puritan preacher and writer, said of temptations: “Temptations, when we first meet them, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them, we shall find a nest of honey within them.”

God is faithful. When temptation presents itself, God always comes to your aid. The temptation is never more than He can handle; therefore, it is never more than you can handle, no matter how weak and helpless you feel. Knowing you can deal with the tempter in God’s strength bolsters your spiritual morale.

God provides the way of escape for each temptation. The best way is by faith in the power and TRUTH of His Word—the very tool Jesus used to overcome Satan’s snare. TRUTH defeats error every time you obey.

God also promises that you can endure it. The temptations may not—and probably will not—vanish. But you can bear up under their load, daily casting your burdens on the Lord who will “not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13 NASB).

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