Even Jesus was tempted by error or satan, so why should we be surprised when we are. “If you really are the son of God, you should be able to turn that stone into bread.” Now, if Jesus, the most spiritual man ever, was tempted, we should think of what He said to error. “Get thee behind me, Satan!” How often do we hear in our thoughts, “If you were a better person or if you hadn’t done this or that, or if you weren’t so stupid….”?
In the prayer he gave to us he tells us “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;”. The very instant my thought becomes dark or doubting, I turn to Romans 8:38-39 which states, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
While praying with those verses, the darkness disappears as I claim my inseparability to God!
As I ponder the serpent in the third chapter of Genesis, he only made the suggestion to Eve to eat the apple. He did not force the apple down her throat but just tempted her with the thought she could become as a god knowing good from evil. She had been forewarned by God but gave in to temptation. There is only One God and we reflect that God as we were made in His image and likeness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Any thought that does not come from God comes from that illusive, lying snake. We must learn to recognize the origination of a thought and learn to be aware of negative thoughts, where we refute them immediately and replace them with the Truth! God is, error isn’t and that’s that! (A little simplified, but still true)
Genesis 3:5 states, “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Sin was a lie from the beginning and still is but Divine Love can always replace it and does so!
Recently read where the word “nostalgia” has Greek roots meaning “returning home” and “pain”. That got my attention and I certainly don’t want that type of thinking to enter into 2017. 2 Corinthians 6:2 reads, “For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” That tells me that I need not entertain thoughts from the past. Homesickness is a temptation to believe we can be separated from our God, Good!
While reading of the future predictions of world affairs, it is tempting to become worried. The temptation is that there is something larger than God and can look hopeless. Then, I was led to re-read a paragraph from an article that states, “When the heart yearns for divine Love’s guidance, we can be assured of being gently directed to where we need to be, and when we need to be there. Spiritual growth accompanies all of our desires Spiritward, and divine inspiration never leaves us in a rut or treading endlessly through old ways of thinking.”
Once again, I was reminded that “Perfect love cast out fear.” Also, a promise from Isaiah 41:10 was so reassuring which reads, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Once again, I will ask God to reveal what I am to know and trust Him in everything.
As I have been pondering John 5:30 , it states, “I can of my own self do nothing.”, the thought came to me how easy it is to know all Good comes from God. What is a little more difficult for me is when I am faced with error, I want to blame myself! Then I realize that is exactly what the line in the Lord’s Prayer means when it says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The temptation is to believe I can ever be separated from God.
By following the teachings of Jesus, and clinging steadfastly to God, I know that evil can never be a part of me or anyone else as I look through God’s eyes.
Beginning my day, the temptation to outline my busy day ahead comes to mind. The over-stimulating world can often zap my energy when I have not first communed with God. Then, I read from Luke 12:22-25, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear….Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’ ”
Proverbs 16:3 states, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”