Our Greatest Temptation

randomlychad  —  October 18, 2012 — 6 Comments

I’m not a pastor. I don’t play one on T.V., but it seems to me that the single greatest temptation we face isn’t necessarily to sin per se.

It is instead to forgetfulness.

Forgetfulness of God; forgetfulness of who he is, and consequently of who we now are in him. As in the film, The Matrix, the world is the wool that is often pulled over our eyes.

For a single purpose: forgetfulness of God.

And it from this root that all of our sins stem–for if we forget him, forget who we are in him, we open a veritable Pandora’s box of temptation.

And this is just as Satan would have it.

For he knows that we who are mature in Christ aren’t necessarily open to the big sins. At least not directly, not openly.

But the world, the flesh, and the devil wear down our resistance, and…

We forget.

And from forgetfulness stems the root of our sins (as I said above). Because at its heart is a lie (which feels so very true):

We believe life is solely up to us.

And all the devil requires is our acquiescence.

So what do we do to pull the wool from off of our eyes?

I know nothing other than taking my place in him every day–hour by hour, moment by moment–intentionally.

For the only way to crush forgetfulness is via conscious effort: we must remind ourselves just who–and whose–we are. Meaning we must intentionally choose faith.

Part of my process for doing this is taking my place in Jesus every day:

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Take my place in the crucifixion (I crucify my flesh), take my place in his death (whereby I am dead to sin), take my place in the resurrection (I am a new creation in Christ, raised to new life), and take my place in his ascension (where I am seated in the heavenlies in him).

Even when I’m not feeling it, I take his word on it, and take it by faith that the foregoing is true. (Do I have my off days? Just ask my wife… Or don’t. Yikes!)

Take it from me–though I’m no pastor–that victory over forgetfulness is possible.

By faith.

How about you? Have you forgotten God? What do you do to take your place in him?

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  • I agree with what you are saying and I would say it this way: Our biggest problem is not to sin, but the condition of Sin. The war of Sin has been defeated but we face battles of Sin. It’s in those battles where we can forget Him and focus on everything else.

    • Amen! Well said, Larry! Well said, indeed.

      Everyday we wake up into a world at war.

  • I agree about forgetfulness -- it’s hard for me to carry through with something not quite right when I’m thinking about God. There have been times when I wanted to do something that maybe wasn’t the best way to handle myself, and I’ve gone out of my way to forget God.

    What’s notable to me is that when I wasn’t focused on God, I didn’t have any trouble with Satan at all. He pretty much left me alone. Of course, there was no need for him to mess with me, because I was doing pretty good at messing myself up all on my own. As soon as I started really developing my relationship with God, here comes the Devil. Digging at me, poking and prodding me from all sides. There’s something here at stake for him now, something he wants to put a stop to. Faith, I think, and steadfastness are made hard by my human nature, and because Satan makes it as hard for me as he can. Sometimes I confuse that with God not making it easy enough for me. Which is wrong thinking.