“many of us suffer from temptations we should never have to suffer, simply because we have refused to allow God to lift us to a higher level where we would face temptations of another kind.” — My Utmost For His Highest
temptations of another kind. what are they?
i know there are temptations of the flesh (sex, thrills, food), of the soul (entertainment, clothes, trappings of wealth), and of the spirit (acceptance, recognition, praise, power).
but today’s reading tells us that the level of temptations we find in our lives is actually determined by us — our inner, spiritual nature.
as we age, we are supposed to move up the different stages of spiritual growth: from the physical level, to emotional, to mental, to soul, and to the spiritual level. throughout, we encounter struggles/trials and undoubtedly, temptations of all sorts will always be there because they are part and parcel of human life.
the danger for us humans, though, lies not really in facing these trials as in being wronged, duped, abused, raped, exploited, betrayed, abandoned, or lost, but in being tempted to do wrong and fall into sin because of these.
we progress, peak, plateau, backslide, or are pulled back for some reason or another in our spiritual journey. it is how we resist, fight, and overcome these temptations down the line that will determine our spiritual maturity and growth.
from personal experience and those of others, i have come to believe that the strength, perseverance, and guts to do so will depend solely on our relationship with the Supreme Being — on whether we have God in the center of our lives. nothing else.
we strive to attain the balance in our overall being amidst the lures of the world only through constant awareness… not self-awareness but God-awareness — being constantly aligned with God, getting a good hold of Him.
only then can we become aware of that spirit in ourselves that has always been there, just waiting to be revealed.
“Lord God, we ask humbly that you forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us. please, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from all evil. amen.”