One phrase from the model prayer our Lord Jesus Christ, when teaching us how to pray says, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.“ Matthew 6:13. To what temptation do you think He was referring to? He wanted to teach us that even though we are foremost spirits living in a world of form, the evil one, or the ego, will try to convince us that we are only physical bodies, separated from God, and incapable. It will remind us constantly of how weak our body is. He is going to try to make us believe that because we were born, we are going to die; all this is summarized in the fact that he wants us to believe that God is angry with us because we are separated from Him, so we shouldn’t bother asking Him for help. That is the temptation to which every day we are exposed, and the majority falls into that temptation. We don’t seek God because we believe He is angry, and we blame Him for any adversity we face, and that is the ego’s greatest triumph. We need to see these threats as a temptation, and refuse to believe them, because they are not true. Choose again, believe again in the love of the Father, His love for you has not changed, remember that God is unchangeable.
The physical body doesn’t have enough strength to depend on it, and although we have good intentions our faith is weak, but God knows, and also, He knows that some of us have a burning desire to know Him, and we desire to do His will, although we don’t know how, but we count on His grace. He tells us how He told the Apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." If we were strong and capable, we wouldn’t need His help. But there in the midst of our sorrow, He is present holding us, and we can see so clearly, that it is Him, because we are not crushed, desperate, abandoned, or destroyed, we are standing thanks to His grace. In those difficult times is when we feel even more loved and protected by Him. And when we give credit to God acknowledging His help, our trust in Him grows, and we enter in an ascendant cycle that brings us closer to Him. God is our Father and because we are His extension, we have things in common with Him. Are you looking for Him with a desire to find Him?
God loves us, and wants us to be connected to Him with heart and with mind. Each one of us had experienced and seen that life is too difficult and by our own means we can’t make it. The reason is that all the attributes that God gave us, are programmed to function only connected to Him. We are like an electrical element that needs to be plugged in, in order to function. God is the source of energy, or life, and only connected to Him we can do what He planned for us. However, the temptation to keep our distance from God is always present. More than anything, due to fear. We fear Him because we disobeyed Him, which made us feel guilty, and now we fear His punishment. The human tendency is that the guilty, thinks he deserves punishment. And although it was a collective guilt, the returning to God is always personal.
Although our Lord Jesus Christ with His death and resurrection solved our problem of feeling separated from God, and feeling guilty for having done it, the ego doesn’t give up, and continues to nurture and making grow in us that old fear of yesteryears to guarantee its survival. Our feelings of guilt are the only thing that keeps us apart from God. All the mistakes we have made are the consequence of that first error of separation, to what we call “original sin”, yet God knows what we have done, and still loves us, and He trusts that we will remember our identity and return home. But in the meantime, we are wandering in this hostile world, as someone exiled in a foreign country, and we could avoid all this suffering, and weariness if we choose God again. And how do we choose God? We make a confession taking responsibility for our mistakes and asking Him to correct our minds, and to guide us from there on.
We constantly make decisions, and until now, in most cases we let the fear advise us, which debilitates us because after deciding, we are doubtful and we continue to be afraid because we don’t know if we did the right thing. But when we choose to be guided by God, we will notice that the alternative – which is the advice of the Holy Spirit - is in our mind, and we will follow His advice, taking our chances with God, and trusting in His protection. Our decisions will be different, we will feel peace, we will have certainty, we will feel strong and courageous, and above all, we won’t have feelings of guilt. It is so much we are going to gain. When you choose the power of God to sustain you, He will replace your weaknesses with His strength that never fails. Miracles are going to be a natural part of your life. When you choose between strength or weakness you are also establishing the way you will perceive yourself, either as a strong person, or a weak one.
“Don’t be afraid of temptation but see it as it is; another chance to choose again and let Christ’s strength prevail in every circumstance and every place you raised an image of yourself before.” ACIM. It is alright to admit your weakness and that is why you depend on the strength of God, and you move with the power of His fortitude, and by doing that, although weak, you are strong. “In joyous welcome is my hand outstretched to every brother who would join with Me in reaching past temptation, and who looks with fixed determination toward the light that shines beyond in perfect constancy. Give Me My own, for they belong to You. And can You fail in what is but Your Will? I give You thanks for what My brothers are. And as each one elects to join with Me, the song of thanks from earth to Heaven grows from tiny scattered threads of melody to one inclusive chorus from a world redeemed from hell, and giving thanks to You.” ACIM T.31.VIII. 11.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.