Ever since I can remember, sex has been a temptation for me. Over the years, God has done a miraculous work in me and now, even though I have to keep on guard, I don’t struggle as much as I have in the past. Well, I had a rough day the other day. I didn’t fall into temptation, but boy was it ever present. Satan new my weakness, my emotions of that day and tempted me hard. I’m a XX year old man, have a beautiful wife and kids … I have no reason to “look” elsewhere … but boy was I tempted.
I say this to all the men out there … there is no temptation out there that isn’t common to man. Satan, however, wants us to believe we’re alone. He wants us to believe that we’re the only one who struggles in this way and therefore nobody else will be able to help. So then why even try to resist? The Bible says we are overcomers by the word of our testimony. What does that mean? That means when we tell our sins to one another (when we get together and share our struggles with one another), we can move away from our struggles and towards a life of freedom.
When I felt the temptation the other day, I immediately texted a friend of mine to say I was struggling. For so long in my life I believed I was alone … I was ashamed of the temptation and what I allowed myself to do. But by simply texting a friend and telling him I was struggling, my shame was released, temptation began to flee, and God ultimately helped me through it.
Men, be encouraged with this verse: No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. I Corinthians 10:13
Two things to remember guys; first, there is no temptation that is not common to man. And second, we overcome our struggles by sharing what we’re going through with others. God is a faithful God who wants to see victory in our lives. And He’s given us the tools to live that victorious life.
What do you struggle with? What temptation is there in your life? Share in the comments … confess your struggles and let God begin the victory in your life!