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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: Temptation Crushed
By Marie Hearty


Entering the music store, Marlee felt as if she had no control as she walked over to the metal section. Nothing seemed to be able to keep her away from the music she had loved for so many years, but now it had become a struggle and a burden. She knew that as a new Christian she should not listen to that kind of music anymore, but she felt like a child in a park full of amusement rides, only for her it was CD covers decorated with people with dark make-up, black leather, and sinister symbols, with music inside that made her feel powerful.

It wasn't every kind of metal music that drew her; only a specific type- black metal. This was music that glorified Satan and his ways. See, Marlee had been a Satanist for quite a few years but it was only recently that Satan's hold on her had been broken. This was something no one had ever imagined would happen, but after slowly being drawn to things of God, she began to investigate what the Bible had to say, then after some time, began going back to church as she had done when she was a child.

Walking down the isle she passed the racks of CD's, keeping her eye out for her favourite bands, all the while convincing herself that what she was doing was harmless. She just wanted to see the newest releases, curious what the bands were up to, but wouldn't actually purchase anything. She came to one and picked it up, her eyes widening at the all too familiar cover. It was a CD that had been a favourite of hers a few years back, but which she hadn't heard in some time. She turned it over and her heart skipped a beat at the sight of the singer, someone she had looked up to when she was a teenager and who also was a Satanist. Despite her new faith in Jesus Christ she could not take her eyes off the picture and the temptation to go and buy the CD was very strong.

No, she wouldn't do it. . . . but it was hard, very hard, to put it back on the rack. The feelings the music stirred up in her was something she could not deny, but she would be putting her spiritual health at risk if she were to keep listening to it. The battle inside her raged as she tore herself from the CD's and walked away, only to take a glimpse at another further along. Reaching over she picked it up, her curiosity once again getting the better of her. She took a long look, then thought, what am I doing? Why am I putting myself in temptations way when I know that I will be hurt? There is no doubt that temptation comes, even Jesus himself wasn't exempt, and when it does, it's in many forms, mostly dealing with the things one struggles with most, but instead of avoiding it at all costs, she was walking right into it. She looked up to see a few people milling around, then glanced out the large window that gave a spectacular view of the city's major street. She had heard many stories of people struggling with addictions, whether it be alcohol or drugs, and just a few weeks ago her pastor had talked of how Satan took those addictions and would dangle them in a persons face. But with Marlee, her addiction was Satan himself as what he offered was everything she was not allowed to be according to God, but sometimes what she so desperately wanted. But she could not break free on her own, for a time perhaps, but not permanently. She needed to cling to Jesus Christ and become one with him and only then would she be totally free.

Walking out of the store, Marlee took a deep breath. It was such a beautiful day, the sun was shining and it was warm but not hot, just the way she liked it. Thank you Jesus, she prayed, thank you for this day and the strength that you have given me. You are truly my Saviour.

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Jessica Schmit02/14/06
I liked how your really described the temptation we as Chrsitians have. Even though heavy metal won't be a huge temptation among every Chrsitian, each one of us have our struggles and each one (if we give in) leads to spiritual death. Good job! I liked your title
Anita Neuman02/16/06
I agree - great title. You've captured this character's battle very well, and given hope to anyone struggling with temptation. I would suggest you avoid starting sentences with the word "but". But other than that (yeah, I did that on purpose) this was really good! :-)
Nina Phillips02/18/06
Thank you for sharing! I agree we all have temptations to face, but I think it's kind of like opening a can of worms when when we take the other route-Thanks for sharing that it is the Lord that gives us overcoming strength. Truly, it gets easier. God bless ya, littlelight