When I read this statement,
Our Lord’s temptations and ours are in different realms until we are born again and become His brothers. . . Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things–he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come to us on the premise of tempting us to sin, but on the premise of shifting our point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil.–Oswald Chambers
my first thought was–WHAT????? Thinking from an artist’s point of view I was trying to figure out how to illustrate that idea (or UNDERSTAND that idea) using perspective–you know, horizon lines, etc–so I googled “Images of points of view.” What pops up? Diagrams of “points of view” from an English perspective! My most difficult and least favorite subject in school–I get a knot in my stomach thinking about it even now. I’m sure if anyone ever reads my posts that they have seen at least one or two shifts in point of view. (I don’t even think THAT was a good sentence, but don’t ask me to diagram why!)
Back to the subject at hand–today’s doodle was indeed a cerebral puzzle. After looking up Jesus’ temptations and the “points of view” Satan was using in each one, I began to see the similarities between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person points of view so I began to “doodle” my thoughts. My scratch paper is full of doodling, scratched out thoughts from trying to make this succinct enough to understand. I THINK/hope this doodle hangs together even though the 3rd person is a little confusing in my diagram but that’s the point–Satan is here to confuse and Romans 7 is one of the most confusing, hopeless sounding chapters in the Bible. Romans 8 on the other hand is full of hope that we do not have to remain a Romans 7 person, but that we can live in the 2nd Person–with Christ abiding in us and working out His will in us. The focus is no longer on US, the here and now, but on Christ. In the end, I hope you can “see” “points of view” regarding temptation a little better for all my cerebral doodling.