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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AINT IT THE TRUTH

Often in mythology the gods are portrayed as looking down on earth watching what people are doing; Shakespeare’s lines are descriptive of this.

"Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

At times they (the gods) try to influence and cause people to act in certain ways.

Flip Wilson’s famous line “The devil made me do it,” was an overstatement of fact, notwithstanding we believe that spiritual forces are at work and endued with certain powers.

1Peter 5:8 Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour (to gain influence over).

While the Bible reveals that there is a category called demons in the land, their influence and control is somewhat simpatico and requires permission from the person. Though defeated at the cross they still are able to participate in the temptation process.

James 1;12 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1;14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

It would seem that there are certain desires and lusts (I want it) that are within each individual, and when they become a driving force it is time to suspect that outside powers are at work.

Usually by that time you couldn’t care less unless you have strong resolves based upon scripture and even then it may be that you are too weak to resist.

Temptation and emotion are strong allies and work together very well to yield to temptation. No one is exempt from temptation; check it out; men, women, boys and girls, it is an ongoing issue.

The result of temptation is long lasting and sometimes irreversible. Issues you have to live with, make the best of it.

I think girls have the worst of it, an example being, when she is unmarried and gets pregnant she bears all the negatives while the male goes forth looking for another sperm dump.

The temptation to do wrong has mostly downsides with very few compensations.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

"Shall we their fond pageant see? Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

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