This is what God gave me today in His word:
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:13-14)
Temptation can be anything: a new bike, a new (better) job, anger, family, even reading the Bible (not applying the Bible, but reading it anyway, is a natural pathway to pride) can be a temptation to falling to Satan. Yet it’s important to realize that, no matter what temptation we face, it isn’t something that a hundred others haven’t already gone through before you a hundred times. The actual reason this is an important realization, is because of a couple of things: first, it puts the suffering (from temptation), whatever that may be, into its proper perspective. In addition, it’s just, in general, encouraging to know that you aren’t the only one whose had this problem.
Temptation is dangerous, yes. Just as dangerous as the sin it can produce. But with that being said, God will always provide a way out. And that, right there, is the second biggest difference between an unbeliever and a believer. – The first biggest difference is, of course, that we’ve been saved; washed clean by Jesus’ blood. – An unbeliever will fall, fall, and fall again. A Christian, though he may stumble, will never fall; will never become inescapably snared in the Devil’s trap.
Even though a Christian will never be completely trapped, as God will always create a way out, we should still “run from idolatry” of all kinds. Yes, God always makes a way out, but let’s make an effort to make sure He’ll (almost) never have to! Let’s turn around and run towards God, and growing into His image!
So, to summarize: God will always provide a way to overcome temptation, Christians may stumble but will never fall, and we’re supposed to run as fast as possible away from idolatry.
You are Loved!