same old world, or flesh, or devil

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The Temptation of Saint Anthony by David Teniers the Younger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lord, I have chosen.
And I have chosen life,
and claimed your covenant,
and set my face to walk your ways,
towards that ‘destination which God offers me.’
And then?
THUD
Flat on my silly face, miles off track, enticed away by some
elementary temptation,
the same old world, or flesh, or devil,
and all my choice, and resolution, and commitment
all to do again.

And yet not all.
You take my choices, Lord, for what they are.
I could not choose except your Spirit prompted me.
And after that, it is in your salvation, not my choosing
that hope of heaven rests.

Timothy Dudley-Smith, 1926- Church of England bishop and hymnwriter

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For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

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