“I Can’t Help It” Never Applies to Temptations. God Has Given Us Strength to Overcome.

Once we reach the age of accountability and learn right from wrong, we have no one else to blame for our actions but ourselves. Some people however, truly convince themselves that they are a slave to their temptations just so they can continue living the life they want to live. You can hear things like: “I can’t help that I’m a drug addict. All my cousins were”, “I steal, because that’s how I had to survive growing up”, “I can’t help having extramarital sex. God made men to be visually stimulated sexually wired.” The list goes on and on and on, but what all of those things have in common is incorrect cause for the effects. Just like God gave people the free will to make those decisions, they have the free will to opt out of them. This brings us to our key text coming out of I Corinthians 10:13 (KJV). The word of the Lord reads:

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

At this point in the scriptures, Paul is writing a letter to the church at Corinth. In the verses just prior to this one, he warns them against being tempted by the sins of their forefathers some of which included: serving idols, extramarital sex, and complaining against God. Paul not only warns the church against falling prey to these temptations but also lets them know that God has given them the strength to say no to any temptations that could possibly come their way. Furthermore, no one is a slave to the manner in which they were raised. No one has to sleep around because that’s what mom or dad did. No one has to continue using foul language because that is what they grew up around. Once again, the list continues. Remember, by the grace of God we all have the power that we need in order to not be enslaved to fleshly desires or tendencies.
Have a blessed day!
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Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments: a collection of poetry and short stories available soon on Amazon.com. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Facebook and Twitter. To have your original poetry featured on Your Black Poets, click here.

 

 

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