No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. I Corinthians 10:13
Martin Luther wrote a beautiful and powerful hymn during his battle with temptation. He titled it “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”
Did we in our own strength confide,
Our strivings would be losing,
Were not the right One on our side,
The man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that might be?
Christ Jesus, it is He –
Lord Sabaoth is his name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
There is an interesting statement in verse 9 of Jude. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Maybe we need a little help with temptation. Relying on our own power is foolish when there is available the power of heaven. We think we can go it alone but the Devil has a way about him that leaves us powerless. AA says that to be successful in breaking the hold of an addiction we must turn our lives over to a power greater than ourselves.
The rest of the verse from I Corinthians 10 reads: 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.
It is the powerful heart of God that reaches down in our moment of weakness and gives us the power to overcome. He will provide a way of escape!