Words from Pastor Ken

Escape

We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. HEBREWS 4:15

For forty days Jesus fasted and was tempted by the devil. Jesus overcame each of three temptations by quoting Scripture to the enemy. Knowing God’s Word will also keep us from sinning when we are tempted.

Besides, God promises to “make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear [the temptation]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). The word picture is of a mountain pass: soldiers who are surrounded by an enemy suddenly see an escape route to safety through a mountain pass.

Similarly, none of us needs to succumb to the temptations when we feel surrounded. Jesus will make a way of escape. Many who have fallen into sin did so willfully because they refused to take the path of escape that the Lord put before them.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation” (James 1:12) — and the Lord will help him do exactly that. When temptation comes knocking today — and it will — there will always be a way of escape. Watch for it, and be sure to take it.

Pastor Ken