Never Give In – You WILL Be Tempted to Quit

Never Give In

When you’re doing work that matters, temptation will come.

That may sound strange because we fail to grasp what a huge role temptation plays in our lives.

When we think of being tempted, we think of sexual affairs or perhaps the allure of lying for financial gain. We may even think of smaller things such as dieters wanting to munch on some cookies.

But we can learn some valuable lessons when we take a deeper look at temptation.

Testing and Trials

The discussion of temptation normally brings up this crucial verse:

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

The word for temptation can also be translated as testing or trials. The idea of verse 13 is that in the midst of a trial or an affliction, temptation comes.

As John MacArthur puts it, “Tests and temptations are two sides of the same thing.”

In tough times, we’re tempted to turn our back on God, to grumble, to justify unethical behavior, to cheat our way out of financial trouble. The trial produces temptation.

Work That Matters

But this testing doesn’t come just with the major afflictions, of course. Sometimes it comes through the everyday drag of doing hard work.

Let’s face it. Sometimes the going gets tough. When you’re doing something that truly matters, it takes courage and perseverance.

We’re tempted to find an easy way out. Tempted to quit. Tempted to compromise.

But we can take heart because we have some promises from God about temptation.

Promises from God

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.

No one has gone through the exact details of your situation before, but the important concepts have been played out for centuries.

Let this encourage you that you’re not alone. There are days when you’ll feel that everyone is successful and you’re a failure. Don’t believe the lies you sometimes tell yourself.

God will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.

If you’re facing a challenge, it’s because God already knows that you can beat it.

Even when the going gets tough, you can endure. That’s a promise.

Through his grace and strength, you can take on the big challenges and you can take on the small ones. That’s a promise.

You can stay at the grind day after day. That’s a promise.

God will provide the way of escape

This last promise is my favorite.

Not only will God protect you from challenges too great for you, he’ll make a way of escape for the temptations that do come your way.

But here’s the great thing: the word for escape in this passage isn’t just moving away from something. It’s moving from one thing towards another.

God promises to make a way of fleeing from temptation and into a God-honoring choice.

Taking a Step Back

It’s a great thing when we see God’s promises at work even in the tough tasks that we face day to day. In our daily work of moving step by step towards the horizon, God is with us every step of the way.

But let’s remember that God’s promises aren’t there to empower your dreams. He’s not a force that you can call on to help you achieve whatever selfish aims are in your heart.

His promises function towards his purposes.

We can confidently claim the amazing nature of these promises only when we’re truly on the path that he has for us.

And that’s a path that’s more about becoming holy than about becoming wealthy. A path that’s more about spreading his fame than spreading ours. A path that’s more about being a living sacrifice than a living legend.

That’s a path that matters – and anything that matters will get tough. But resist the urge to quit: God has promised victory is possible.

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  • http://www.joelfortner.com Joel Fortner

    This is great, Loren. Who isn’t tempted pretty much on a daily basis? I wrestle with it constantly! Great biblical advice here.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Thanks, Joel. Temptation is always around the corner in many forms, so we need to examine and talk about it from a biblical point of view.

  • http://danblackonleadership.info Dan Black

    I really needed to hear this today. I really like what you said about from from one thing to another. Such wise words. It’s great how a testing/temptation can allow us to become stronger and better. James 1:2-4 says,

    “Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”

    The last sentence really shows the benefits of successfully getting through a testing, temptation, or trial. Great post.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Wow, what a great addition. God allows tempting to come our way, but his purposes are ultimately to conform us more and more into the image of Christ. Those challenges could be seen as roadblocks and inconveniences – but from God’s perspective, they’re tools he’s using as he moves us further down the path of holiness. Great comment, Dan!

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TC Avey

    I really like this post. This has always been one of my favorite scriptures. Thanks for taking time to break it apart.

    I really like your last few paragraphs. Treating God with the respect he deserves and not as our personal Genie is important.
    God is faithful to his promises. Believers can take comfort in that, but we shouldn’t think God is at our beck and call.

    I also really liked this line, “If you’re facing a challenge, it’s because God already knows that you can beat it.”

    That really comforts me when I start getting overwhelmed.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      I added the last two paragraphs just because I think it’s essential for us to take a step back and really look at the big picture from a biblical perspective. We talk a lot about victory, but I think so often our discussions are self-motivated rather than God-motivated.

  • http://perichoreticlife.blogspot.com/ Michael

    Darn. I ate the cookie before I read the post. 🙂

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Haha. Well, don’t give in when you’re tempted with the next cookie!

  • http://www.thedeterminedchristian.com/ Susan

    I agree with all the others, this really is a wonderful post! We all need to be reminded of God’s love, especially in tough times – and we all go through tough times. God bless you, Loren for the wonderful insight.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Thanks, Susan. It’s amazing how the truths of God’s word stick in our minds but leave our hearts. We need to remind ourselves of them often.

  • http://thebeardedidealist.com Stephen Haggerty

    Great stuff, Loren. I’ve gone through this temptation several times recently, and you’re right, God’s victory is worth the fight!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Keep fighting, man!

  • http://www.thestoriedsoul.wordpress.com Arny

    Quitting can be sooo easy…that’s the temptation!!!!! especially in the things that matter most….
    But the reward is much greater when we stick it out….ask for HIS strength…and press on!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      The reward is greater indeed – and that’s what we need to remember.

  • http://www.melaniewilson.org Melanie

    I appreciate the reminder that we’re given victory over temptation for His purposes, not ours. Unfortunately, they’re not always the same. 🙂 Hope you will persevere in posting.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      As I was reading your “Why Bother?” post this morning, I was struck by how applicable both posts are to one another. The process of orienting our perceptions to God’s is something that takes continual effort. It’s really easy, for me at least, to slip back into selfish motives. Half of the perseverance comes from remembering that it’s not about me!

  • http://About.me/marcmillan @marcmillan

    Fantastic points made here Loren, what is encouraging is the Holy Spirit is not only promised to us from Jesus to give us power, but its the Holy Spirit that does thr work.
    Romans 8:24
    M_

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Great points, Marc. It’s one of the more interesting paradoxes of the Christian faith: We are working but yet it is God working in us.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com Kari Scare

    This post hit me in a lot of ways and for a lot of reasons today. Brought back not-so-fond memories (mistakes & bad choices) as well as fond memories (grace). Having the picture of a runner made it more personal for me since I have been off running for 4 months now because of injury. Then, the choices some friends are making make this even more timely. Thank you for allowing the Spirit to allow you to write this. A lot of people needed this today.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Wow, thanks for your kind words, Kari.
      I think day-to-day temptation is something we all struggle with, well, everyday. Thinking back on the many ways I’ve failed is a humbling reminder for me as well. We just have to keep moving forward, accepting the righteousness that is accounted as ours because of the cross.

    • William (Steve) Miller

      attagirl…

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com Kari Scare

    Accepting that righteousness is so difficult at times, and I think that’s because we instinctively know that we don’t deserve it. We struggle with accepting things we don’t hear. That’s why humbleness is key. Thanks again!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      I think that’s a huge part of it. It’s just scandalous to think that when God looks at me, he sees the righteousness of Christ.

  • http://talesofwork.com kimanzi

    As you know Loren I;m on the path to work that matters and sometimes I’m tempting to give into doubt. This will be great to tell my doubt to shut up. Great post as usual Loren!

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Ha ha, glad it could be helpful. We need to be encouraged when we’re on the right path.

  • William (Steve) Miller

    Good word…

  • William (Steve) Miller

    Kari said it was a picture of a runner…I thought she was looking for her contact.

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      Haha. Thanks for your kind words, Steve.

  • http://www.noahlomax.com Noah Lomax

    What a great reminder: We ought to remain faithful as we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to us!

    I was once told by a great missionary who served with Nate Saint and Jim Elliot, “Noah, if you quit, you will begin a habit of quitting. A habit that you probably will never quit. Trust God. He doesn’t quit.”

    • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

      I love quote about quitting being a habit. I hope that’s one I never pick up.