How to Find the Way of Escape

Text: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Paul tells us that temptation is “common to man.” Therefore, it is to be expected. Unfortunately, all of us have given in to temptation at one time or another (Romans 3:23). But even though we have given in to it in the past, that doesn’t mean we must do so again in the future. We need to learn how to find the “way of escape” so that we might keep ourselves from sin.

Recognize That There Will Be One

  • We will never find ourselves in a situation in which our only choice is to sin
  • How can we be sure of this? … “God is faithful” – He has promised, therefore it must come to pass (cf. Hebrews 6:17-18)
  • How strong is our faith in God? … Do we believe His promise? … If not, we have a much bigger problem than just temptation – how can we believe His promise to save?
  • We need to believe that the way of escape is there if we hope to find it

Learn to Discern Right from Wrong

  • This is about sin & temptation – in the context, what is wrong is that which violates God’s law (1 John 3:4)
  • The Scriptures train us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) – therefore, knowledge of the Scriptures is essential if we hope to find the way of escape (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • While we may learn from others, we must take responsibility for ourselves to know (Acts 17:11) – some may lead us astray (1 Kings 13:7-10, 15-19, 20-24); we are responsible to find the way of escape for ourselves

Have a Desire to Escape Sin

  • We must have a desire to “please [God] in all respects” (Colossians 1:10) – we might know what is right, but have a desire to do what is wrong anyway
  • Why might one knowingly violate the law of God? … spirit of rebellion (Hebrews 10:26-29); desire to please men (Galatians 1:10, 2:11-12); lack of urgency (Hebrews 9:27; James 4:14; 2 Peter 3:10)
  • If we do not want to escape sin, we will not pay attention to the way of escape that God has provided

Consider Your Options

  • Any time we are tempted, we have the option to do what is right – since the option to do right is there, we must consider our options
  • Example: some co-workers invite you to go to the bar & drink – what are your options? … go with them & drink (wrong – 1 Peter 4:3); go with them but don’t drink (wrong – Proverbs 23:19-20, 31); decline the invitation (this is the right option)
  • In every situation we find ourselves in, we have options as to how we will react – we must consider our options if we hope to find the way of escape

Be Sober-Minded

  • Peter warned about how the devil “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8) – we guard against him by being “of sober spirit
  • We often think of sober as the opposite of drunk – being drunk causes us to do things we should not do (Proverbs 31:4-5); when we lose control of our senses, we are susceptible to sin
  • We must prepare our minds & be sober so that we can be holy (1 Peter 1:13-16)
  • We must be sober-minded so that we can find the way of escape when we are tempted

Conclusion

  • Once we find the way of escape, we need to take it – recognizing it does no good if we don’t take advantage of the opportunity to avoid sin
  • So let us continually work to avoid sin & put it out of our lives that we might please God

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