Posted on Wednesday, October 05, 2011 | By Kaye | In

I have been pondering about this a lot lately and I won't mince words to say that most of us have either experienced this or is presently battling with one or some. I believe it's safe to say this as fact and not as a blanket statement- that we are who we truly are when we are by ourselves, since there is no pressure of making a negative impression, offending or even being rejected by another. Even when one is converted, this remains a challenge because we are still in the flesh and our weaknesses continue to hound us- we are no longer enslaved to it nor do we willingly subject to it but the enemy would always be at our back, waiting for opportune moments- and we do make mistakes, we will too in the future. And lest we forget, God knows what is in our mind and heart for that matter...other people may not know what we think but He does. We are exposed to Him in every form or way, there is no hiding, it would be naive' to think or behave otherwise.

Along the same lines, we cannot justify our errors by using the alibi of flesh or grace. I am not a legalist, I think genuine christians aren't anyway but we cannot keep saying that we are covered by grace if we keep doing the wrong thing, hence we grieve the Holy Spirit. If we do think that I suppose we need to re-assess our spiritual walk and pray. Remember He responds to genuine repentance...
The important thing to remember my friend in times of temptation is to put all brakes on, stop, think and consider- that still small voice....for He speaks to our heart. You will find Him there straightaway, you will. Pray- bind that demon in the name of Jesus and cast it out, rebuke it, apply the blood of Christ that was shed for that very purpose.
That is the very reason why we need to be on our knees more, to just saturate ourselves with the Word & to spend time with God especially in this day and age where the devil is working overtime. BUT do not be discouraged my friend if you find yourself in that predicament- the scriptures encourages us and say that we are overcomers in Christ Jesus, the God in us has overcome all things for us and nothing can withstand His power.

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37

Repent and leave it at His feet, don't look back but press on, press forward- trusting in His promises that He will see us through til the end. That is our's to claim.
I will leave you with a quote from C.S.Lewis:

 "Your real new self (which is Christ's and also 
yours just because it is His), 
will not come as long as you're looking for Him. 
Does that sound strange?
 The same principle holds, you know,
 for more everyday matters.
 Even in social life, you will never make an impression
 on other people until you stop thinking 
about what sort of impression you are making. 
Even in literature and art,  no one who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply 
try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been said before) you will, nine times out of ten, 
become original without you having noticed it. 
The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, 
Give up your self, and you will find your real self. 
Lose your life and you will save it. 
Submit to death, death of your ambitions
 and favourite wishes every day, and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, 
and you will find eternal life.
 Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have given
 away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. 
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run 
only hatred, loneliness, rage, ruin and decay. 
But look for Christ and you will find Him, 
and with everything else thrown in. "
~ C.S. Lewis

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