“No temptation has seized 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 stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
You can’t avoid it, no matter how hard you try. Television commercials, newspaper articles, billboards on the road, window displays in the mall, even magazines in the supermarket checkout line— we are assaulted constantly with sexual images everywhere we turn. These media and cultural assaults are like throwing gasoline on the fire. It makes it even more challenging to live a life that is pleasing to God.
But even though these things add gasoline to the fire, realize that the “fire” is already there. Even if we lived alone on a desert island with no TV, no computer, no magazines, nobody else there, we’re still going to struggle with the lusts of the flesh. We’re still going to struggle with our thought life. We’re always going to struggle with attitudes and drives that are displeasing to God! Avoiding outside temptations is certainly important in avoiding sin, but recognize that the real problem begins—and ends—with how we deal with temptation inside our own minds.
We can’t stop being tempted, and temptation is not sin. Jesus was tempted in every way we are. But don’t flirt with it. Show real courage and run from it. Ask the Lord to help you turn your thoughts over to Him, and you will be able to have the power to resist temptation.