1 Corinthians 10:13 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.
Focusing on the setup not the solution, that’s our weekly focus. We are called to look around at the problem and observe it in light of our known solution: Christ. When the struggle comes we are called to not fixate on the problem but the provision. So here, we look at it from another avenue. This isn’t something you just do during *Squirrel*
This isn’t something you just do during the difficult times. YES those feel like attacks and the solution is still the same but as you see in this verse this also applies to when you are being tempted. Think of it this way:
There’s a large piece of celery running through the woods. Imagine that. Celery running… As he (or she) draws near to the forest edge they realize something. They realize they are in fact celery and it’s odd that they are running through the woods which is filled with stationary plants. Upon this realization they begin to weep, their brothers around them cannot move, while this celery moves. Then they realize that their tears are actually made of ranch. Now not everyone eats ranch, but if they did this would be even more ironic. There’s no lesson there, I just wanted to see if you would read such a bizarre story.
Back to the devotion: We often go into the temptations and do the very same thing we do when we are being oppressed, we fixate on the problem and not the solution. God does not tempt us, we know that from Scripture, but we DO know that God can take all things and use them to shape us and make us better. Therefore, God allows the enemy to tempt us as a part of our setup. He allows our mind and our emotions to be tempted by the enemy at times so that we have an opportunity to trust what He has been teaching us.
When you are being tempted you are being attacked. It is in these moments that the setup is useful. The setup, as we have been saying the last two days, is so that you realize truly who God is. You make the decision in your own mind of His worth. In this sense the storm AMPLIFIES the solution (Jesus). After you have experienced this personal revelation, this theological amplification, your desires should shift. This produces a greater inclination to choose righteousness over unrighteousness. When the enemy attacks and tempts he is essentially confirming or exposing your previous setup results. He is giving opportunity for your new desires to truly shine through.
God does not allow you to be tempted beyond your ability, so when the temptation comes look for the door! The desire to look for the door instead of focusing on the problem is a result from your setup process. God is actively rearranging things in your life, experiences that shape your thoughts, and struggles to confirm your desires so that you have proper priorities and you will properly focus on the solution not the sin. Just as we’ve been saying: The ingredient can’t but the Creator can.
This doesn’t only apply to trials but also applies to temptation. Enter the setup, expecting the storm, but focus on the solution. Look for what God is teaching you THROUGH the setup.
Pray for 1 minute thanking the Lord for always giving you a way out of the struggles, then spend 2-3 minutes asking the Lord to help you see the doors.
You need to discuss this BEFORE the struggles. This isn’t something you should tell your friends when they are in the middle of the crisis. However, with a close friend you would be able to discuss this. Develop those relationships, the ones you can connect with in these terms. Being able to help a friend look for the exit is a highly personal and beneficial asset. Develop those relationships for their sake, and yours.