Inevitably, in spite of our best efforts, temptations come. That is when we must pray and ask God to "rescue us from the evil one." Sometimes we are blindsided by temptation or its evil twin: fear. We're like Peter warming himself by the fire just before denying Jesus. Because of fear, Peter denied Jesus three times, trying to appear uninvolved.
Though Satan is strong and wily, we would do well to remember that God is all-powerful. And He promises to deliver us from evil. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, we find a wonderful encouragement: "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."
This passage provides a blueprint for escaping the traps of the devil. It reminds us that the tests we face are common; we are not alone in our struggle against evil. . . . Remember, when we cry out to God in prayer, He has already planned a way to deliver us from evil. Isn't that great news?
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