Beginning of Evil

Prodigal: This looks like a lot of temptation to my waistline.

Me: Yes, how could we deal with it?

Prodigal: Maybe you could share from one of the books you have read.

Me: Good, starting point.

This is from the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis

The beginning of all evil temptations is inconstancy of mind, and small confidence in God. For as a ship without a helm is tossed to and fro with the waves; so the man who is careless, and apt to leave his purpose, is many ways tempted.

The reason the temptation has grown is that you feel God’s way is not the best way. God is holding out on you. How could this behavior really be a big deal? Remember though God is not just looking at behavior. He is looking at your spiritual, and emotional growth. God also is trying to protect you.

The beginning of temptation means that you may not understand all the reasons to say no, but you trust God and say no.

Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Jennifer Van Allen

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