The devil will always try to tempt you, but God has good news: He has provided a way of escape.
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 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
I used to think that the “way of escape” was God’s intervention by some physical means. For example, you are at home alone watching TV and the scene is beginning to get racy. Just before something inappropriate is shown, you have to take an important phone call in the other room. By the time you return to the TV, the inappropriate scene is over.
It sounds like a great way of escape. It looks like God intervened so your mind would be protected. Right? I’m not going to say that could never happen, but there was no crucifying the flesh in that at all. That kind of “escape” is more accidental; there’s no real victory.
Years ago I would find myself in one temptation after another, looking for a way of escape. I would pray and ask God to help me by making a natural way of escape available, yet no physical opportunity presented itself. After falling into temptation and sinning, I was becoming frustrated. I thought God wasn’t keeping His promise in that scripture.
He showed me His “way of escape.”
- Confess and forsake (Proverbs 28:13)
- Put off, renew mind, put on (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:22-24)
- Put to death your flesh (Colossians 3:5)
- More put off, put on (Colossians 3:8-10, 12-14)
- Discipline your body & bring it into subjection (1 Corinthians 9:27)
- Yield yourself to holiness (Romans 6:19; 8:13)
Do you see a pattern here? The choice to start to pray some of these scriptures when you’re in the moment will help you do them! Do you see the “way of escape?”
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 NKJV