You practice a couple of times a year. You know the drill. When the fire alarm sounds, you get out of your desk, walk quietly to the door, and file outside where it’s safe. Your school does this because if a real emergency ever happens, they don’t want you to panic. Instead, they want you to know your escape route.
God wants you to know that there is an escape route when you get tempted too. “God, who faithfully keeps his promises, will not allow you to be tempted beyond your power to resist. But when you are tempted, he will also give you the ability to endure the temptation as your way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
It’s a good idea to think about your temptation escape routes now, because in the middle of temptation you sometimes panic. Come up with a list of things you can say if someone offers you drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. Get your parents’ advice on ways you can react if someone makes fun of your clothes or your hobbies. Pick a friend who shares your values and stick together; it’s easier to resist temptation when you are with someone else.
Plan now because you will be tempted. Trust that God will help you get out safely.
Chomp on this!
What temptations do you face?
What are some “escape routes” you can take? Come up with a list of ways you can respond when you are tempted by those sins.
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