The way of escape

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In the wilderness Satan offered Jesus three things (see Luke 4).

He also offers them to you:

1) satisfaction! Jesus was hungry and Satan tempted Him to turn stones into bread. This was satisfaction without God, because God’s plan was to feed His Son supernaturally through angels. But Jesus refused to settle for less – and so should you!

2) success! Taking Jesus to the top of the temple, Satan said ‘Jump off, God will protect You and everyone will believe in You.’ This was an offer of success without the cross, the easy way out! And hasn’t Satan made you that same offer: ‘You don’t have to take up your cross daily like the bible says.’ Satan lied then, and he’s lying to you now.

3) significance! Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world and their glory if He’d just bow down to him. Jesus rebuked him with a reminder from Scripture that God alone is worthy of being glorified.

Satan will take every legitimate desire you have and try to get you to fulfil it in an illegitimate way. He will offer short cuts and easy answers that aren’t part of God’s plan. But God ‘will provide the way of escape.’ You say ‘I don’t see the way of escape.’ That’s because you’re focused on the temptation instead of the way out. God’s promise of escape doesn’t mean you won’t have to persevere and be faithful to Him. And, as in the case of Christ, it involves knowing and being able to use the Scriptures. But it does mean that when God’s plan of victory over temptation has been fulfilled, you’ll come out victorious!

‘God…will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.’ 1 Corinthians 10:13 NAS

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