Recognizing Temptation

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Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that the first step to overcoming temptation is to recognize it for what it is.  It is an attempt to thwart God’s will in and for your life.

That being said, I want to let you all know that I’ve got the same retarded idiots following me around again, trying to batter me verbally, intimidate me by their presence, or with little snide comments or looks, etc.  Last evening I was eating my dinner – a cheeseburger at McDonalds, when one of them came in and started ranting in Spanish and acting upset.  He kept looking at me out of the corner of his eye to see if I was going to react.  I let him go on for about ten minutes, and finally, I said, “You better get on back to where you came from (I won’t say where) because I believe in healing.”  There’s apparently somebody’s false religion idea of herding and so called “testing” people going on.  I won’t name him either, until I myself have the opportunity to confront him in the presence of witnesses.  I will tell you this.  I told some of his henchmen they better read their Bible again, because it clearly says, “Woe unto him who puts a stumbling block in front of a brother (or sister).  God, Himself doesn’t tempt anyone with evil.  Who do you think you are, DEVIL?  And, yes, you are a devil.  Self -righteous, pompous and filled with conceit.  You better be careful, because the Bible also warns us about thinking we’re something when we are nothing, except by the grace of God.  And are you really so idle that you have time to do nothing but chase somebody around all over town?  Exactly, Sir-that’s why I don’t attend your church.  My grandmother warned me that the devil attends church.  How many illegitimate children have you christened this year?  And exactly how much prostitution money is tithed into your pulpit, Sir?  Here’s a novel idea – – – why don’t you do you, and I’ll do me, and we’ll both let God be judge, and teacher.  I’d much rather learn from Him anyway-you, in my opinion, are a pompous jack-ass!  And again all day today, they were on me.  That’s called stalking, by the way-and since I have Angina, I could go so far as to tell you, it’s endangerment too-because you could cause me to have a heart attack.  Now you’ve been warned.  Let me tell you, too, that Jesus never played patty-cakes with the devil, either.

There’s a difference between temptation and what I just described above.  No, fatigue doesn’t make you snap at people-unless you don’t recognize that you’re in a precarious position because of it.  We really have no excuses.  I certainly don’t either-even in dealing with the idiots who seem hell bent on harassing me.  But, that’s on me; and I’ll answer for it.  I have said it time and time again-if you want to get up in my face acting like the devil, I’ll make sure you see him.  Back to the message.

Recognizing temptation becomes easier when we recognize our flesh.  By that, I mean the fear, the doubt, the fatigue, the “can’t say no to that chocolate”, etc.  You see, temptation comes in through the flesh, and then affects the spirit.  That’s where God’s will gets thwarted.  We then have guilt, shame, self-doubt, self-loathing, all those things.  They pull us away from God; we have the tendency, just like Adam and Eve, to want to hide from Him then.  When we take a minute to check ourselves over, and take a breather, we can see the weakness, and then turn the temptation into a victory, both in the encounter with the other, and within ourselves.  Thereby, the spirit is empowered and uplifted.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu

Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, December 6, 2018, 4:57 p.m.

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