Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Temptation by Elevation

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After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.  And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”  Revelation 4:1

I have found an odd and contradictory conceitedness that comes with being the parent of a child with special needs.  People, in a manner of support, will say things like, “God meant for you to be Evie’s parents, because only you could do this…”, and “You’re amazing, I don’t know how you do what you do…”  
These types of comments really DO make me feel better, and I honestly appreciate them.  However the Devil uses such statements as a tool for his purpose; to turn me from God.

God challenges me to a higher place by continually stretching me in my abilities.  God says, “Come up here, Tammie…I’m taking you another level higher than you’ve ever been, because you’ve grown stronger through your challenges, and you’ve learned more about me.”    
God asks me, not to put one foot in front of the other in my walk of faith, but to place one foot above the other, as I climb the stairway to heaven.

The Devil, however, says, “Come up here, Tammie…Don’t you see how powerful you are?  Look at the things YOU have accomplished.  Not ‘just anyone’ can do that.  You are extraordinary.”  The Devil fills me up to the point that I don’t have room to allow God in.  He keeps my daily schedule filled with honorable projects that take my focus off of God and turn me toward my own strengths and talents. 
The Devil takes me to temptation through elevation.

There’s a fine line we walk as we make this journey through parenting our children with special needs.  We must stay humble, while also staying confident; we must challenge our children to help them grow, but also let them know that we still love them regardless of what they accomplish; and we must stay consciously aware of the fact that we are still human, and are susceptible to the Devil’s temptations so we need to stay buried in God’s word daily in order to recognize temptation when it comes knocking.

Have you ever called someone and automatically plunged into your dialogue with the person who answered the phone, only to find out a few confused sentences later that the person you are talking to is NOT the person you thought you were talking to?   

It’s even more embarrassing and painful when you dive into a decision or a plan, thinking it was God’s calling, but you come to find it was Satan’s temptation.  Knowing and recognizing God’s “voice” is critical to avoiding a trap that Satan has set.  And the only way to recognize someone’s voice is by talking to that person daily. 

Pray:  Dear Lord, thank you for encouraging me through others.  I ask you for discernment and wisdom from the Holy Spirit as I go through this day and every day.  Help me to know YOUR voice so that I don’t fall into temptation.

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