I ALMOST FLUNKED THE TEST

The question came to me this morning regarding sanctification. It had been stated that Pentecostal Holiness people believed a Christian could not sin. As far as I know, my people (PH) never said a Christian could not sin; they taught that a sanctified Christian did not have to sin. We have the sanctifying blood of Jesus to help us say no to temptation. We are not physically restrained from making a choice to sin but we are spiritually restrained to not sin. Well, well. ….. If you interested in more regarding this topic, check here. https://onetahayes.com/gods-provision/jehovah-mkaddish-my-holiness/

A TEMPTATION (TEST) I ALMOST FLUNKED

In my school I had a reputation of being an outstanding teacher, respected by administration, parents, teachers, and students. I was lead teacher, assigned to committees, in charge when the principle was gone, all that ego-stroking good stuff. Although it’s very immodest to say so, I was considered the “go to” teacher in that school. I worked extremely hard for that reputation.

There is a problem in the horizon! A new teacher came on board. She was smart! She was pretty! She was sweet! She was put on the committee I wanted on.

As I did almost every morning, I got to school early, checked the mail. There was a letter from the administration confirming her appointment. Oh, the possibilities that popped into my head. Lose the letter. File 13, maybe? Stick it under the third class stuff? I could even take it, put it on my desk under papers to be graded. If I was caught, I could just claim I brought it up to give Mrs. K with my congratulations. 😀

Well, I didn’t do any of that. If I had, I probably wouldn’t be telling the story. This story shows that it is not always money that spells Waterloo for everyone. For me, it was pride – and jealousy! Probably breaking the Tenth Commandment!

I wonder if the brilliant teacher to whom I refer still lives. She is several years younger than I. If she sees or hears about this, I send my love. Mrs. K was most deserving.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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13 Responses to I ALMOST FLUNKED THE TEST

  1. Thanks for your faithfulness and loyalty to Jesus.

    Shalom!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m pretty much of an open book these last few years. I anyone can learn from my mistakes and weaknesses, or successes and strengths, I feel honored that the Lord would use my stories. Thanks for the comment.

  2. capost2k says:

    The only test in school I ever flunked was the Aptitude Test. 😂

  3. You are my favorite, brilliant teacher, Oneta.

    The good thing about the Lord, it’s always going to be an open book test! 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      I answered here last night. Where did it go? The thing about tests the Lord gives is that he does not give them until he is quite sure you are thoroughly taught, reviewed, and equipped. And he stands by just in case you need a hand. He is so good.

  4. Martinokenye says:

    You are correct, Ecclesiastes 7:20

  5. Debbie L says:

    Lovely transparency!!! I agree with you about PH, we (sanctified person) does not HAVE to sin! We clearly know what is sin and what is not. Do we “justify” our actions to cover the truth, like you wanted to do? We have these choices every day! Oh to be transparent before the Lord and always chose to not sin but to seek righteousness!

    • oneta hayes says:

      OT has some clear distinctions between presumptuous sins and those that are not done deliberately. I think an element of that principle is still reasonable. We find forgiveness for both at the cross. Thank the Lord for forgiveness as in our salvation, and continued forgiveness in our everyday experiences. Thank you, Debbie L, for expanding on this topic.

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    I just listened to a wonderful homily explaining the difference between jealousy and envy. Jealousy is when we want something someone else has. Envy is not (necessarily) wanting what the other has for ourselves, but more deliberately not wanting THAT person to have it. Jealousy is a normal emotion or feeling. Envy is not. Envy is thought out and acted upon. Saying all of this…I believe you DID pass the test! 😉

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for all the time you spent with me today, Dawn Marie. It seems I am missing some of my years-past relationships. I miss them. Remember dawnliz? I’d like to know what is happening with her. I know things changed when she got so involved with grandchildren and a growing family. A rightful priority of time, I am sure, but I miss my friends. Always good to see you. Oh yes, about the jealous/envy/covet subject. We should never step on others to achieve our goals.

      • Dawn Marie says:

        I do remember dawnliz! Life does lead us down different roads at times – perhaps God will join our paths again, one day. 😊 Until then let’s just pray the road she’s on still leads to Him. 💕 Dr. Jonathan is someone I miss dearly too.
        And amen to being cognizant not to step on someone else’s toes!! 😬

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