Of two cute dogs, I was shown a video. To them, their owner placed this scenario. In the centre of the room, an entire roast chicken. With instructions not to eat, strictly forbidden. The owner left, but kept a camera to record, their reaction and how both dogs would perform. In a way, it reminds me of Adam and Eve. How they gave in to temptation and were deceived. One dog took few steps back, although he was salivating. His body was facing the chicken but his mind was debating. His neck and face, he turned ninety degrees away. Just not ahead; but left and right, his head would sway. While this one, he refused to look right at it, the other one kept walking away and coming right back to it. Kept inspecting it and taking a few whiffs. Until it became impossible to resist. Sank his teeth right into the meat. No stopping him, the obedient one still in the back seat. You have heard 'do not commit adultery'. But anyone who looks at a woman lustfully is guilty. When we say 'The Apostles' Creed', we confess ...in thoughts, words and deeds. We are tempted in the flesh through our senses. That is where lies the first line of our defences. Sin is conceived in the mind, the soul. Many times over these, we do not have control. But then, it moves to the heart and can become an obsession, right up till completion(act) or possession.(desire/thing) And then, it becomes difficult to overcome. The further you move the line, the closer to it you come. So, stop sooner. That is always better. One day an introvert ...in the movie 'Zipper', was seduced and tempted by his co-worker. Although he resisted her charm, a married man he was, a woman in arm. But later that night, he couldn't fight. All he did was help himself. Seemingly harmless, he let it dwell. With sin in his mind and all that temptation, it became an insatiable obsession. He browsed through an escorts' site. Just meant to be a visual delight. Then he thought, maybe just one night. So unlike him, just one small bite. Uncomfortable as he was, the very first time, he just had to ...that fig tree, he climbed. Slowly but surely, it became an addiction. Brought him confidence like a drug prescription. And eventually he was smitten by full-fledged prostitution. He wanted to stop; but no longer in control, he could find no solution. That's why Jesus said 'turn away', at that very first glance or day. Avoid that first step, although you may never know. But you probably stopped something that would grow. If you tread there, you will end in despair. Because sin fascinates, before it assassinates. Especially mortal sin, will not just sink its claws. It won't stop until it has you in its jaws. What once felt like fun, now controls you, unable to run. That is why bring into captivity, every thought and every activity. All of it, everything ...to the obedience of Christ, as per the second letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 10 verse 5. It is not your fault when bad things enter your mind. But don't let it sit there, fester and make you blind. He who is in the world constantly bombards us with temptation. His ultimate wish for us is this - eternal damnation. Evil thoughts will come. But do not succumb. Remember don't obsess and let it fester. This goes for every earthly/fleshly pleasure. Don't be moving further away from the divine. Individual branches cannot survive without their grapevine. Don't let them sink into your heart. They never stop; they constantly bark. But, feelings and thoughts - even they can be tamed. There is no need to languish in shackles and chains. Because God has given you a sound mind and self control. Satan can only influence your environment, but then to yield unto him, he needs your consent. Don't let bad thoughts get converted into speech. And don't let it take root, your heart to reach. Don't look at that roast chicken. Don't let him, that plot thicken. If feasible, walk away where you cannot smell it. Because prevention is better than cure, says wit. Because that is how every addiction starts. That is how sin takes root in your heart. But do not fret. He already paid your debt. Because we have the mind of Christ. Through Him, we are already made right. Every thought can be brought into captivity. Yes everything, including chronic negativity. Addiction, lack of faith, circumstances and all can be tamed, in the matchless name above every other name. You don't need to rely on your own will power. No matter how acquainted you are with God, that does not empower. Only through total surrender. Become a depender. And watch it all come together. -RUELHA www.ruelha.com (Inspired by Matthew 5:28) © Copyright Protected. All Rights Reserved.
It is my desire to study the four gospels. Writing poems helps me put some thought into it thereby making it fun to learn and remember. I was stuck on the book of Matthew for years and never really completed more than the first five chapters until I began writing ‘the Matthew Series‘. Now, I’m revising the contents of the book of Mathew by writing another series of poems titled ‘Inspired by Matthew‘. This one will not be as comprehensive as ‘the Matthew Series’ and may not be in an orderly sequence. This particular poem is the 13th in the series. I recommend reading the actual Bible because it’s a whole lot better than my poems. I’d be overjoyed if anyone out there would like to be part of this experience and go through the book of Matthew with me. I hope you enjoy reading each piece as much as I did writing them. (First image credit:anchorlongbeach.wordpress.com) .