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Poem: Temptations

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jjbreunig3
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Why is it, that the vilest of temptations
seek to violate my mind, during moments…
of weakness, solitude and prayer time?
Is it not enough that my inner person
has been consumed with the filth of my flesh?
How much longer must I wait for the body
of incorruption that will suit me in eternity?
Though I can’t seem to stop sinning,
is it wrong to want to curb its unwanted flow?
These temptations appeal to my carnality,
but I find their continuing stream tiresome.
Spiritual perfection is an ideal, that cannot…
be achieved in today’s earthly journey.
And yet, to utterly give up and intentionally sin,
will never be an improvement of my fallen condition.
How much training is required to reject ungodliness?
O, Lord, please strengthen my spirit to capture
and discard these thought contaminations…
by making my flesh permanently dead to their allure
and by always drawing me ever closer to You!



Author Notes:

Loosely based on:
Rom 3:23; Tit 2:11-14; Col 3:1-11

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By Joseph J. Breunig 3rd, © 2012, All rights reserved.



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g7
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1 posted 08-13-2012 09:44 PM       View Profile for g7   Email g7   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for g7

first to answer your question, it is during those times or when you least expect it that the attack comes because the enemy does not want you getting closer to God AT ALL.  and if he can get you to fall away into temptation and give then you will have to deal with the guilt and all that and he steals your peace, your joy, and a time that perhaps God was going to tell you something the enemy knew you needed to hear.  and sometimes its just to discourage you and wear you down.

Second, perfection is not an ideal.  the King James Bible uses the word perfection, but the original text used perfection in the context of maturity...ergo, Gods will is to bring you to full perfection (maturity) in Christ.  In other words He wants to grow up in Christ and be like him just as a child is taught and grows into maturity by the love of their father...our Father is God and as we well know He is love.  Therefore we mature under His Love.  I didnt learn that until I was almost 50 and the sense of relief of not having to strive for an impossible ideal was very liberating.
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