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Temptation proofing

Temptation proofing
“Leave no unguarded place.
No weakness of the soul;
Take every virtue, every grace,
And fortify the whole,” — John Wesley

Just when we begin to think we have it together and are temptation-proof as Christians — it happens. We are tempted by a desire to do something that is not Christ-like. It may be a grave sin or something as commonplace as spreading gossip. Whether or not we perceive it to be wrong, the truth is that anything we do that is contrary to the will of God is sin.
We need to be aware at all times of the “fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:16).
The ancient Greeks told a story of a warrior named Achilles. His mother had been warned that he would die of a wound, so she dipped him, as an infant, in the River Styx.
That was supposed to make him invincible. But she held him by one heel, which the protective waters didn’t cover. And it was through that heel that he received his fatal wound.
Are there temptations that are your Achilles heel? Remember God’s promise that He is our refuge and our strength; a very present help in time of trouble. And the promise of Psalm 121:7: “The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul.”
The One who can protect us from those “fiery darts” is the One who made us. Thanks be to God.
The Rev. Judd A. Mowery
Sanders Chapel/Troy United Methodist churches

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