Re: God is punishing me.
God does test...and he allows you to be tempted...however..never beyond your personal ability to overcome the temptation....
1 Corinthians 10:13 says:
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
....Simply put...your temptations and mine will never be the same, because God knows my weaknessess and my strengths personally.
What this does is make me even MORE responsible when I fail, because I can always go back to this verse and understand that I COULD HAVE overcome...BUT it gives me hope and power in the understanding that while in the middle of any circumstance in my life..I just need to "keep on pushing"...because the situation is NOT beyond my power (through God) to overcome.