Be vigilant against temptation

“Whatever form temptation seems to take, it always but reflects a wish to be a self that you are not. And from that wish a concept rises, teaching that you are the thing you wish to be. It will remain your concept of yourself until the wish that fathered it no longer is held dear. But while you cherish it, you will behold your brother in the likeness of the self whose image has the wish begot of you. For seeing can but represent a wish, because it has no power to create. Yet it can look with love or look with hate, depending only on the simple choice of whether you would join with what you see, or keep yourself apart and separate.

“The savior’s vision is as innocent of what your brother is as it is free of any judgement made upon yourself. It sees no past in anyone at all. And thus it serves a wholly open mind, unclouded by old concepts, and prepared to look on only what the present holds. It cannot judge because it does not know. And recognizing this, it merely asks, “What is the meaning of what I behold?” Then is the answer given. And the door held open for the face of Christ to shine upon the one who asks, in innocence, to see beyond the veil of old ideas and ancient concepts help so long and dear against the vision of the Christ in you.

“Be vigilant against temptation, then, remembering that it is but a wish, insane and meaningless, to make yourself a thing that you are not. And think as well upon the thing that you would be instead It is a thing of madness, pain and death; a thing of treachery and black despair, of failing dreams and no remaining hope except to die, and end the dream of fear. THIS is temptation; nothing more than this. Can this be difficult to choose against? Consider what temptation is, and see the real alternatives you choose between. There are but two. Be not deceived by what appears as many choices. There is hell or Heaven, and of these you choose but one. “
– A Course in Miracles
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2 thoughts on “Be vigilant against temptation

  1. I’ve heard positive things about the Course in Miracles, but this quote makes me just a bit uncomfortable. Certainly, temptation can appeal to our egos and vanity and greed and humanness. And giving in to these impulses will lead us away from God.

    But God, too, places desires in our hearts. How do we tell the difference between evil temptation and Godly calling?

    The Jesuits differentiate between good spirits and evil spirits and have written clearly and eloquently about the importance of discernment. About the importance of meditating and praying to God about our desires and callings. About proceeding slowly in order to be sure that we are following God’s way for us. Instead of leading us astray, God’s way for us will lead us closer and closer to the person He created us to be.

    I am lifting you up in prayer that your path to Him is made clear and straight and that Your heart will soon be filled with overwhelming joy.

    Blessings, Mary

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thanks for the thought 🙂 That prayer is perfect for me at this point of time, thank you!
      I have been praying about discernment of temptation from God’s will. I have been having trouble differentiating between the two, so many mixed messages in my life!
      I love A Course in Miracles. What is it about this quote that makes you feel uncomfortable?
      God bless you,
      Emily

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