Temptations in My Garden

Like seeds implanted into poor soil and rotted roots, temptation is misleading, and more so when those being tempted have clouded judgment. Not all things that seem good are in fact good for us. Anyone can be tempted by the flesh, by material things and by mind/spirit altering substances, but who chooses to be tempted towards what is righteous? Who wants to be lured into being spiritually driven and led?

Lust, greed, envy, revenge, power, wealth, vanity, worldliness, hatred, anger, all have the same commonalities, they tempt us towards our own destruction. The happiest of people are those who lead meek, simple lives. There are far too many consequences behind giving into what may tempt us. There is not one person alive today who is not tempted in some way. For instance, I love ice cream. If I drive passed the ice cream shop or if there is ice cream in the freezer, it’s a constant tease and tempting thought in my mind, “If I have just a little bit, it will be enough to satisfy my craving or desire.” For me however, caving into the temptation of having the ice cream usually results in a night full of consequences and regret.

temptedMost of us immediately allude to a similar thought or conversation as soon as we hear the word temptation. Carnal attractions and sexual desires. Although, these may speak to the one of biggest temptations known to mankind which is lust, it is not the only temptation. Usurping of our personal power may be the biggest overlooked temptation of all temptations. That is what happened with Adam in the Garden of Eden. The enemy usurped his spiritual authority and mankind fell into a cursed state. Notice how people with much power are envied and how there is always someone willing and waiting to take that power away. My point  being, that when we don’t use, or continue to misuse, the gifts that the Lord blesses us with, we begin to implode. We will eventually hit rock bottom and allow usurping of the power within–one of the most subtle of all temptations.

Similarly, we can fall under some false impression that we have it all, know it all, and can strive to keep it all. THAT is the time when it is finally revealed; we are powerless, ignorant and bewildered. In the Garden of Life, Adam and Eve had a confidence about themselves, but when they were lured into temptation, Father God showed them the consequences of giving into that temptation.  Humbling situations are always presented when least expected. Why is it, that it is primarily during these rock bottom times that we seek HIM?

“Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud”
(Proverbs 16:19).

Take some time out today, right now and think about the consequences of being lured into temptation and the effect it has had over your life. How many relationships (including your relationship with our Lord God) have been affected? Was it or is it worth it?

Be mindful & watchful of the serpent. There is always someone or something waiting for an opportunity to tempt or distract you. Be still and listen to the RIGHT voice.

Set aside time for daily prayer and meditation. Keep your thoughts on discernment, Psalms 119:169; self-control, Romans 8:15; diligence, Galatians 6:9 and strength, Isaiah 40:31.

Renew & restore. Improve your habits by speaking life and love back into your relationships. Develop a new appreciation for something once tarnished. Don’t throw away anything that has value.

LOVE! Think love, speak love, show love and love will overcome everything.

  • Be mindful & watchful of the serpent. There is always someone or something waiting for an opportunity to tempt or distract you. Be still and listen to the RIGHT voice.
  • Set aside time for daily prayer and meditation. Keep your thoughts on discernment, Psalms 119:169; self-control, Romans 8:15; diligence, Galatians 6:9 and strength, Isaiah 40:31.
  • Renew & restore. Improve your habits by speaking life and love back into your relationships. Develop a new appreciation for something once tarnished. Don’t throw away anything that has value.
  • LOVE! Think love, speak love, show love and love will overcome everything. 
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Phyllis V. Jordan

Phyllis Victoria Jordan is a devoted Child of God, Woman, Wife, Mother, and creative, loving spirit. She currently resides in Frederick, MD with her family. Phyllis thrives on writing and staying occupied with many likes and hobbies such as reading, growing spiritually, cooking, thinking, praying and keeping an open mind of what life has to offer. As an aspiring writer and budding entrepreneur, she shares, the ups and downs, and joys and pains of relationships. Her column " The Garden" is sure to capture the heart of her readers as she weaves her witty, straight-forward, and fun loving personality into her writing.

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