Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Of Temptation And Demons....

Everyday on my journey to be closer to God, it is a constant struggle not to drown in the sea of temptation. I turn left, I turn Right, but it matters not where I look , I am surrounded by evil doers and demons of all kinds.

I see them presented to me in many shapes in forms, sometimes I'm lured very close to sin. The Demons are ever present in my daily life, I even dread going to the grocery store as my eyes wander, and my thoughts turn toward impurity.
At work, at the store, out for a walk- I repeat in my mind over and over "GET THEE BEHIND THEE SATAN!", and it will subside.

The devil's minions are very real, some more powerful than himself, when you have a clean soul from confession, the enemy HATES your soul so pure and clean. We are truly in WAR, a war over our very mortal soul.

We live in a culture where the devil has indeed made most to believe his best lie- That he does not exist- it is through his lies and empty promises that we are drawn into sin, that we separate our soul from God who truly loves us, and we embrace satan who hates us the most, our embrace of evil and sin does not have to be verbal, or physical, but it starts with very simple things, such as a curse word here, an inappropriate gesture there, soon you have given the enemy your hand and he will devour your arm. The Evil one will bathe in the pleasure of devouring your arm, but he will pain your return to virtue.

We must pray for the fortitude to identify the demons in our life, just as we have faith that God is there and we do not see, we must also know that satan is equally real, and he is vying for our souls. The enemy will do everything in his power to tempt you, he appears in material things, in women wearing scantly clad clothes, in a slow driver in the freeway... it is in the little ways that we must honor God, and follow his teachings instead of allowing our selves to be quick to anger or to other sinful actions and thoughts.

Remember this war is real.

St. Michael the Archangel, Protect Us in battle!


KT said...

Good post...We must be ever diligent on our journey home.

Dust I Am said...

Jesus identified only a couple of people as being justified and attaining heaven--and both individuals were clear sinners. The first was the man in the temple who "would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: O God, be merciful to me a sinner." And Jesus said this repentent Publican was justified in the eyes of God.

The second instance was St. Dismas, the criminal who was nailed to one of the other crosses on Calvary and who said, "for we receive the due reward of our deeds" and "Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom." "And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise."

These two instances were verified by Jesus when he spoke of little children, "unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven."

God loves humility. Never attempt to excuse your sins. Our sins make us accuse ourselves severely and often are the only way we can learn real humility. If you were a saint, would you then be puffed up like Satan? Keep yourself small and repentent at the feet of Jesus and you'll please Him.