7. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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. (NIV)
At the bottom of the spiral, we find ourselves vulnerable, weak, and isolated. We feel empty and desperate. So we hide. We hide from our friends. We hide from God. Our unarticulated goal (and it’s nothing new) is the false hope that we would become invisible to God. If God’s walking one way, we’re often aiming to move in the other direction.
But trying to hide from God is just another ploy of the Enemy. As Augustine said, “our heart is restless until it rests in you (God).” You don’t need to hide. You need love. You need peace. You need understanding. You need worth, significance, purpose, and fulfillment in your life.
And here’s the solution that unlocks it all: surrender.
Surrender comes when we raise our hands and say “God, obviously I can’t do anything to change this situation. But Jesus, you can. I’m not going to hide from You anymore. I’m going to open my heart up to Your love and Your solutions and to the investigative and restorative work of the Holy Spirit. I’m going to follow You and Your leadership, Jesus. You have finished the work on the cross, and You have ultimately won this war. You’ve established a beachhead of victory for me on the shore. Thanks to Your victory, I can go forward. I’m going to open myself up to the hard work of having You create the change in my life. I’m going to pray this in the power that God used to raise You from the dead. That’s what I want, and I surrender my life— and this particular problem— to You.”
This is resurrection power at work, and this is how God invites us to victory. It’s fantastic news! Jesus makes it possible for us to reject the spiral of temptation and sin. God. Will. Provide. A. Way. Out. That’s bedrock truth. A promise to you from Almighty God. We can live lives of victory. We can win the battle for our minds.
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