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Thursday, February 4, 2016

#AfterShow~ On Temptation (and not what I was originally thinking)

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.  You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.  Romans 6:17-18 (NIV)

Been thinking a lot about what God wants me to do with my Divine gift of Grace. I know part of my mission is to encourage restoration of our temples, but I am only beginning to realize how large a charge that is.

Temptation? Not today, Satan. 




Thinking about temptation, something occurred to me this morning, and it’s not what I was originally thinking. On some level, temptation is about ceding your power to the voices in your head instead of God. As are all things, it is about #Trust. It is having the courage to fully Trust God, Let Go, and hear His Voice over all the other noise in our lives. I even picked up a catch phrase…. “Not today, Satan.”

God teaches me in unique ways, meaning that my lessons often come from places most folks might not recognize as His Voice. This morning it was an article articulating (and refuting) the reasons why natural African-textured hair is unprofessional-subtitled for my own purposes “another reason why America will try to convince you that you are not beautiful AND why they are dead wrong.”  Not today, Satan.

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 
Romans 6-17-18 (NIV)  
 
I was blessed to grow up in a circle of embrace and support for my Divinely-gifted beauty, my personal Imago Dei. I have always loved my skin, my hair AND my body, even if I haven’t always best cared for it. What I never did, however, was hate my natural. That lie was not my temptation.

What’s the lie that’s eating you? And who whispers it? We’ve got to do better. It is our God-given responsibility. Don’t believe the tricks of the enemy. He’s a bully who finds that tender part of you and stabs at it mercilessly, Temptation is the voices in your head speaking your fears. Call them by name, and suddenly, they're neither so big nor so scary anymore.

Being tempted into sin? That’s normal. Succumbing to it is the danger we must guard against, but not only in ourselves. Damaged people damage people, so when you’re under attack, remember that you are responsible not only for the God in you but also in those who spitefully abuse you….or try.

Remember who you are, and Whose you are, and keep your head up. Restoring the temple is everyday work, and you never know who’s watching. 





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