Real Talk with Pastor Tim: â€œExit Strategies”
If we were to be honest, all of us get tempted everyday, whether it be chocolate cake or a co-worker. Itâ€™s how we handle our temptations that separate us from the world.Â What is your plan of escape?
Most public buildings have a fire escape plan for use in case you need to leave the building quickly during an emergency. During challenging times, we also need a planned way out, an â€œexit strategyâ€ and it just so happens that God provides this in His Word:
â€œFor no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not [a]adjusted and[b]adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to [c]a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.â€ (1 Corinthians 10:13, amplified)
NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, GOD HAS AN EXIT STRATEGY TO GET YOU OUT!!
Here are some steps to implement in your daily walk.
1) Askâ€¦Get direction from God.
2) Seekâ€¦Follow the directions that God has given you.
3) Pursueâ€¦until you find the door that opens.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 NLT)