I am reading Tempted and Tried by Russell D. Moore. There are many things that are going through my mind as I read this book. For one, he is a great writer. For another, he is very insightful. It is almost like he knows what I am going through. I suppose that is the case because he has experienced temptation himself. Either way, it has been a really good book so far. I will give a full review later, but here are a couple quotes that impacted me (actually, scared me to death!).
"The demonic powers not only will give us what we crave, but they will assist us in covering it over, for a little while. That's precisely the irony. Often you are fueled on from one temptation to the other because you haven't been caught. This gives you an illusion of a cocoon protecting you from justice. The powers, though, don't want you to get caught--not ye, not this early in the march to the slaughterhouse. They don't have a mere seventy or eighty years to live. They are ancient and patient and quite willing to wait until your downfall will bring with it the most catastrophic consequences--for you, for your family, for the kingdom of God, and to the image of Christ you carry. So they'll help you cover it all up, and then they'll expose you--mercilessly. You'll never see it coming around the bend." (57)
Then this . . .
"The issue isn't whether you're tempted, but whether you're aware of it and striking back. You are on the verge of wrecking your life. We all are. Forces are afoot right now, negotiating how to get you fat enough for consumption and how to get you calmly and without struggle to the cosmic slaughterhouse floor. The easiest life for you will be one in which you don't question these things, a life in which you simply do what seems natural. The ease of it all will seem to be further confirmation that this is the way things ought to be. It might even seem as though everything is happening exactly as you always hoped it would. you might feel as though your life situation is like progressing up a stairway so perfect it's as though it was designed just for you. And it is. In many ways the more tranquil you feel, the more endangered you are. As you find yourself curving around the soft corners of your life, maybe you should question the quietness of it all. Perhaps you should listen, beneath your feet, for the gentle clatter of hooves." (59)