Today I finished the latest piece for Light Up The Darkness. I wanted to do something that was about temptation, and the nature of temptation. One of the things that makes Darkness such a powerful force over humanity is its ability to entice us. Darkness is not necessarily something that wants to scare us. It wants to suck us in and manipulate us into thinking that what is inherently evil is good. Among God's 10 Commandments, I actually think one of the hardest to keep is "Thou shalt not covet..." The fundamental part of falling into temptation is our tendency to covet that which we desire, but don't have. The greatest weapon that Darkness has is its ability to use our weaknesses against us. But our greatest weapon against Darkness is the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, and our God-given capacity to resist evil. We stumble. We break promises. We give in to the thing that hurts us and others. But we can rise up, and stare Darkness in the face, and say, "You have no power over me."
The Temptation (1 Corinthians 10:12-13)
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