Sometimes on our Christian journey the things we have overcome we feel can no longer tempt us. But given the right conditions we still may fall. It is humbling to know that you’re not exempt from temptations and tests even though you may have passed the initial test once. The Holy Spirit will speak up against it and give warning, but sometimes we still allow the flesh to win. This does not mean that God’s grace is not sufficient, it’s just a reminder that we still need Him. As your walk with Christ becomes closer the more the enemy will try to make you stumble to cause shame or a feeling of defeat, anything to get you on a spiraling downward fall. But if we can remember that though we are a new creature in Christ once saved, it is sill our choice to make the decisions in life that will bring God glory and honor on a daily basis. We experience a heart change. Not a magical wand waving away all desires and temptation in the world. That is why is important to pray for a sound mind and to remember that you are not exempt!
Now that I’ve lived almost half a century, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the accepted norms of society is to place people into categories based on observed characteristics such as physical or intellectual attributes. Some might see it as prejudice or pre-judging others, but I see it as an attempt to define others. For example, tall, heavy set black males are defined as dangerous or someone to fear; if you’re from a single parent home, then you’re destined for the lower class; if you’re African American then you’re defined as one who will automatically vote one political party over another; and, if you have strong convictions about how to live life, are willing to speak out against moral injustices based on your religious convictions, then you’re defined as being intolerant.