Temptation

From my devotions today in Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young…

…”Before Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, thankfulness was as natural as breathing. Satan’s temptation involved pointing Eve to the one thing that was forbidden her. The garden was filled with luscious, desirable fruits, but Eve focused on the one fruit she couldn’t have rather than being thankful for the many good things freely available. This negative focus darkened her mind, and she succumbed to temptation.”

     When you focus on what you don’t have or on situations that displease you, your mind also becomes darkened. You take for granted life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from Me. You look for what is wrong and refuse to enjoy life until that is “fixed.”

When I think about what happened to Eve, my first thought is this: Eve! How could you not see the obvious? Then I reflect on my life – and I am humbled.  Experience tells me that no matter how close we are to God, Satan is still somehow able to trick us into focusing on that one thing – whatever it may be.

How about you? What were your thoughts consumed with when you went to bed last night and when you woke up this morning?

Lord, guard my heart so that I will be what you want me to be….

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ~ Proverbs 4:23

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