2016 Frieda P. Smith
One of the most difficult things many of us have is the ability to walk away when provoked, taunted, teased, or tempted.
Look at Adam…God told him (and he apparently passed the news to his wife), “Of every tree in the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil y0u shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17).
Yet, one chapter later, the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and it was desirable to make one wise, so instead of walking away, she took of its fruit, ate it, and gave some to her husband, which he ate as well.
It was all downhill from there!
However, we have an advantage! In Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, he wrote, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”.
We have the Holy Spirit, Who is our Helper to assist us in the time of temptation and provocation by the enemy.
On last week, I was tempted to wring someone’s neck! Yes me, Pastor Frieda!! In the midst of my anger (which was justified), the enemy was taunting me to get ugly and start cussing (which I have not done in over 30 years). Had the enemy succeeded, my witness would have been destroyed.
But Glory to God, at the same time, the Holy Spirit within began to speak. Instead of listening to the enemy and fulfilling the lust of the flesh, I chose to preserve my witness. I said “goodbye” and hung up the phone.
I walked away.
My friends, it is never easy, but remember…
Your witness is worth the walk.
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