343 The Root of the Problem

“Finally the opportune time came…” (Mark 6:21).

What a chilling sentence in this context. We know the story of how Herodias’ daughter danced before a drunken Herod and he foolishly promised her anything she asked for, giving Herodias the opportunity to get rid of John the Baptist, her enemy. What are the lessons for us, Father? The danger of alcohol and licentious behaviour, or of pride that will prevent us from backing down when we have made a mistake?

These things are the fruit, not the root, of the problem. Before any action takes place, there has been a decision in the mind: to entertain a wrong thought, to let your emotions dwell on a temptation. You don’t intend to do anything about it, but it leaves a door open for the enemy of your soul. He will ensure that an opportune time comes, and when it does, your defences are down and you do or say the thing you never intended.

Temptations will come, of course, and the only protection you can count on is an intimate relationship with My Spirit whereby the power and desire to slam the door of your mind shut immediately kicks in. And don’t think only of obvious sins of the flesh. Unforgiveness, resentment, anger … these things will come out and do damage to your relationships and to you if they are allowed to grow. So learn to deal with them quickly.

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