You’re invited to sin!
That invitation arrives daily and the means has been multiplied.
There was a time that temptation came personally from around you, either from the people or the surroundings.
Ultimately temptation comes from within.
Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. James 1:14
Now temptation can be long distance. An email, a text message, television, the Internet, or social media all increase the likelihood of daily temptation.
I recall the move Fireproof, starring Kirk Cameron, in which his character was looking at porn on the Internet. Subtly a pop-up of a young woman would appear on his monitor with the invitation to click on the button to see more.
When the character allowed Christ to finally come into his life he rid himself of the temptation by throwing away the entire computer.
I know that’s a movie but is there a real life example from the Bible.
Of course there is.
There was a young man named Joseph, who was very smart – a blessed man. He was a slave/servant in the home of an Egyptian named Potiphar.
Potiphar recognized Joseph’s unique ability to run a household and elevated his position to do so.
But Potiphar’s wife noticed how handsome Joseph was and lusted after him. She openly invited him to sleep with her.
He continually turned her down.
Then one day she did something a bit more forceful.
She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. Gen 39:12
He ran away!
That will be the hardest thing to do when it comes to temptation’s invitation – run away.
Joseph did not do this once, it was a daily effort for him.
So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. Gen 39:10
Jesus dealt with temptation by keeping His mind and heart on God. When Satan met Him in the wilderness Jesus used God’s word to overcome him.
Remember that it is written,
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. 1 Cor 10:13
That is not to say that you won’t be tempted beyond what you are able to handle! It is saying that with that temptation comes the way of escape so that you can handle it.
That means you can run away!
When you do, run to Jesus. That is your ultimate escape from temptation.