12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
This is perhaps the biggest shortcut to dealing with temptation in the Bible. A verse that is related to this is similar in scope 1 Corinthians 6:18 – just a few short chapters ago, “Flee from sexual immorality.”
You will always find a door or a way out of the temptation you find yourself in. Always. Now, do you want to take that way out is perhaps a bigger question. Let’s face it, temptation is, well, tempting. What tempts you may not ever tempt someone else. What tempts them may never hint at tempting you. If it tempts you, then there’s an allure to it. You won’t naturally want to take the way out. (And sometimes the way out is not putting yourself in a position to need a way out in the first place).
It’s not wrong to be tempted. Jesus Himself was tempted by Satan himself. But every time there’s a temptation, there’s a way out – a door – to get away.
Are you looking for those doors? Do you see how it could be beneficial to begin looking for these kinds of escape routes? I’m not a big proponent of formulaic quick fixes, but this is one that will be good for us all the way around. There is no “downside” to beginning this habit.