“I feel so alone. God must be mad at me.”
This is a phrase I hear all too often. It’s a phrase usually followed by a conversation with a someone sharing a struggle with a particular sin. It’s a conversation I had myself during a tough time in my life.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
No one should ever feel singled out when it comes to dealing with sin and temptation. But all too often we feel alone in our struggles. Second, others have been able to resist and overcome temptation, and so can you. And third, ANY temptation can be resisted through Christ. How?
Realize the situations and people that cause temptation. Then run from anything you know is wrong and choose only to do what is right, but while running…pray. Jesus, THE Hero, will rescue you from temptation when you ask. Also, remember you’re not alone. Seek out someone who loves God and can help you when tempted. We can all resist the temptation to sin, but we must turn to God, rely on his strength and choose to obey his Word. God’s Word contains no promise of help in overcoming temptation for those who have not put their faith in Christ alone. Until one repents of his/her sin and puts their faith in Christ alone, they will not be able to overcome temptation.
“I just can’t take it anymore.” – Have you ever felt the temptation you’re feeling is so strong you can’t handle it? 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a constant reminder that God would not allow any temptation to become more than I could stand.
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.- Psalm 22:24
When someone is struggling with a sin and temptation how do you respond? Are you listening to their cry for help? One of the best ways you can help (along with giving scripture and pointing to the cross) is by sharing some of your own struggles. Don’t try to play Superman with your hands on your hips, chest stuck out, and gotee chin in the air acting like you’ve never been there before.
Here’s what NOT to say; “I’ve never struggled with (fill in the blank) before so I’m not sure what you’re going through. But..” Sadly, I’ve heard people say this to students and I’ve been guilty in the past of saying it as well. Instead say; “I can relate. I struggle with temptation all the time. As a matter of fact let me tell you about the time….” Most of the time people need to know their not alone when it comes to temptation whether it’s the same temptation or not.