Resisting temptations through humility. As long as we live in this world, we can’t be without temptations and tribulations.
Hence, man’s life on earth is a temptation as it is written by a job.
Everyone, therefore, should be solicitous about his temptations and watch in prayer.
Hence the devil finds an opportunity to catch him: who never sleeps but goes about seeking who to devour.
No one is so perfect and holy as sometimes not to have the temptation and we can never be wholly free from them.
Resisting temptations however is very profitable to man.
Frustrating and grievous thou they may seem, for in them men are humbled, purified, and instructed.
All the saint’s passed through many temptations and tribulations and we’re purified by them.
And they that could not support temptations became reprobate and fell away.
We cannot conquer by the flight alone, but patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies.
He who only declines them outwardly and does not plug out their roots will profit little.
The temptation will sooner return and he will find himself in a worse condition.
Resisting temptation through patients and humility
By decrees and by patience you will by God’s grace, better overcome them than by harshness and your own importunity.
Take the council the offender in temptation and do not deal harshly with one who is tempted.
But pour in consolation as thou will want to be done unto thee.
Inconsistency of mind and little confidence in God is the beginning of all temptation.
For as a ship without a helm is driven to and fro by the waves.
Ao the man who neglects and gives up his resolution is tempted in many ways.
Fire tries iron and temptation a just man.
We often know not what we are able to do, but temptation discovers what we are. Resisting temptations.
Sometimes, we must watch especially at the beginning of temptation:
For then the enemy is easily overcome if he is not suffered to enter the door of the mind but is withstood upon the threshold the very moment he knocks.
When he is not resisted in the beginning, the moment anyone is slothful in resisting, so much the weaker he becomes daily in himself.
And the enemy, so much the stronger in him.
Some suffer gracious temptation at the beginning of their conversation, either at the end, and others are troubled nearly their whole life.
Some are very lightly tempted according to the wisdom and the equity of the ordinance of God who weighs man’s condition and merits.
And pre ordaineth all things for the salvation of his elect.
We must not, therefore, despair when we are tempted but more fervently pray to God to help us in every tribulation.
Let us humble our souls under the hand of God in every temptation and tribulations, for the humble in the spirit he will save and exalt.