In Three Things About Sin, the prescription for sin is to deal with the temptation before it gives way to sin. It’s like getting a vaccine; preparing now to avoid a bigger problem later.
The Bible teaches us three things about temptation; they’re in the form of promises that we can claim and rely on.
1) Our temptations are not unique to us: Others have struggled with the same issues in the past.
2) God will limit temptation to what we can handle: God doesn’t tempt us and he does limit the enemy’s power to do so.
3) God will provide a way out: We can ask God to enable us to see the way out, give us the will to take it, and the strength to persevere.
And then we can withstand the temptation — just as he promised.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.