I wrote yesterday that God’s Word is speaking to me in clarity like I’ve not known before and that is true. Last night in our Celebrate Recovery lesson–TURN, the leader referenced I Corinthians 10:13 as a scripture she had to lean onto of late. It says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” I was a high schooler when this verse struck me and I learned it as a hope. In all honesty, I’ve battled with it all of my life since that time. Last night’s lesson brought it to the forefront again. So, this morning, I told God it was time for Him and me to work this through (as though I’m in control).
One more thing that happened last night was a man in our group had his first professional, Christian counseling session yesterday. He told his counselor about his porn addiction and the counselor told him that other things in his life were likely the driver behind this. He needed to address them at this time. It gave him hope because it exposed what he has been in denial about. Each counselor I’ve used has told me the same thing about the struggle I’ve had with porn. So this morning I decided to go back to I Corinthians 10 and read this chapter to see what God was saying that I was missing. In so doing God pointed out several “ways of escape” He is providing. I just need to choose them. Sounds simple, yet it still takes discipline to do this. My biggest struggle was the lie Satan has had me believing for so long that the water just runs too deep for you. This lie is so contrary to what the verse says. So today, I recognize the lie, reject it in Jesus’ Name and replace it God’s suggestions.
Satan has played this temptation with me all of my life but this morning God asked me to believe this time. I don’t have to fight this on my own. I know this, but I’ve struggled to believe it. Today, I believe!