Flee temptation

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. 1 Corinthians 10:13
Like Joseph we should flee temptation.  All too often folks stop at the semi-colon and don’t continue on.  If you stop at the “ye are able” you are left with the idea that you have the ability to resist temptation by yourself.  Continuing on, we find that we are only able to bear (or resist) temptation by using the escape route that GOD provides.

And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. Genesis 39:12
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18
Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Timothy 6:11
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
All too often we are told to resist temptation and flee from the devil.   It is the other way around, we should flee from temptation, but resist the devil — when we resist the devil it is he that will flee.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

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