common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye areable; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."The word "temptation" is the Greek word
, and it may refer to
any outside sourcethat appeals to a weakness in your flesh
. That appeal pulls you like a magnet; it lures youmentally, emotionally, and sensually; it fascinates the imagination; it entices the flesh totake a closer peek. If you don't stop this process, it will set its hook in your soul and haulyou right smack dab into the middle of some kind of sin!Because the word
("temptation") can describe any weakness of the flesh, thisscripture could apply to any fleshly weakness you might struggle with - from being lazy or easily offended; to thinking too lowly or too highly of yourself; to having a problem withanger or sexual temptation. Whatever your flesh responds to is what this word
refers to!But this verse promises that God will make a way for you to escape temptation -
youreally want to escape it! The Greek word for "escape" is the word
. This word is acompound of the word
, and the word
. When theyare compounded together, it means
to walk out, as to walk out of a difficult place; to walk out of a trap; or to walk out of a place that isn't good for you
.This makes me think of the time Joseph fled from Potiphar's wife when she tried to seducehim. Rather than stay there and try to negotiate in the midst of the situation, Genesis 39:12says Joseph "...fled, and got him out." In other words, he got out of there as quickly as hecould! Negotiating with sin usually leads to falling into it rather than conquering it, so it's better for a person to just get up and get away from the situation as quickly as he can! This is whyPaul was constantly telling the early believers to "flee" evil influences (see 1 Corinthians6:18; 1 Corinthians 10:14, 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22).The word "flee" is the Greek word
, which means
to flee, to take flight, to run away,to run as fast as possible
. This means you don't want to succumb to thosetemptations that are surrounding you. You just need to get up, put on your jacket, pick upyour things, and get out of that place of temptation as fast as you can! Let your feet fly asyou flee that situation!
You're not stuck there!
You can get out! You can walk out of that place just as easily as you walked in there!
Your feet work in both directions!
God will makea way for you to escape those negative emotions if you really want to escape them. But youare the only one who can make the choice to jump through that escape hatch!
If you know you're being tempted to angrily explode,
walk out before it happens
If you know you're being tempted to get your feelings hurt,
go somewhere else toavoid the offense
If you know you're being tempted to slip into a state of laziness,
then get up and get busy
If you know you're being tempted to steal,
get as far away as you can from themoney or the coveted object
If you know you're being tempted to sexually sin,
get out of that situationimmediately
If you know you're being tempted to do anything wrong, it's time for you to flee from