By Don Short
Way of escape
The choice between right and wrong
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common
We face situations where we have to make a choice between right and wrong. Often we feel stuck or overwhelming pressure to do things that we feel we should not do. I remember well the sermon my pastor preached in reference to “stepping into stupid.” I believe that we all can relate to this to one degree or another. Often when we are in these situations we choose not to escape, choose a self destructive way to escape, or feel completely lost and start to believe that there is no way of escape. One way individuals feel stuck is when there is an unwanted pregnancy. They often feel overwhelmed as they struggle to deal with this new information. Many concerns begin to run through their mind. “I am not ready for this!” “I’m not married!” “We can’t afford a child right now!” “I’m in school/new career and I don’t want my life to be disrupted right now.” “My parents will be upset!” These conflicting thoughts and
BODY & SOUL
to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make away to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” — I Corinthians 10:13
other stressors race through the mind. Over the years I have talked with a number of individuals who have had an abortion and with others who were involved in this decision making process. This includes boyfriends, husbands, parents and friends. I have felt their struggle and seen their pain. The way of escape the world provides leads to sadness, shame and death. The way of escape that Christ provides leads to life and life abundantly as we continue to grow in our walk with Him. Over the years I have counseled many who have thought that they have escaped from their life’s problem by having an abortion. Others try to escape through the use of alcohol, drugs and/or pornography. Sometimes parents who have a child that is not wanted and choose not to abort the pregnancy sometimes will constantly communicate to the child verbally and behaviorally that the child is and never was wanted. These children can end up stuck in the anger and resentments of their parents. We must always remember that children are a gift from God.
Remember these two things about escape: 1. God always provides a way of escape that leads to life. 2. The enemy of our soul, Satan, also offers a way of escape that will lead to destruction and death. If you feel stuck in a maze of confusion and lost in any area of your life, I have good news for you! There is a way out, a way of escape that will improve your life and the life of those around you.
The path out includes: • Confess you are stuck and need help. James 5:16 • Pray and ask God for forgiveness and guidance. • Seek support from others in the Christian community. • Repentance through words and deeds. Luke 3:8 • Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 • Draw near to Christ, and He will draw near to your. James 4:8 Remember in every situation we have a choice — choose life! Deut. 30:19, “I have
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Don Short and his wife reside in Acadiana. He is a licensed counselor. cspotlight.com
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