Fr. Patrick writes: Temptation II

A walk with God, Day 12: Temptation II

Lent is a period when God lavishes His grace upon us. It is the abundance of this grace that gives us the strength to go through our fasting and other lenten observances. During Lent, we learn to have mastery over our senses and emotions; the effect of this is that we are empowered and more able to exercise greater self-control, which is what we need most in our time of temptation.

Temptation comes to prove our love for God and how much we trust Him, and since temptation is inevitable, we need to learn from whence they come and also be on guard to overcome them, lest they take us by surprise and we fail.

There are three sources of temptation: It can come from the devil (Ephesians 6:11, James 4:7), from the desires and lusts of our human nature (Romans 7:18, Galatians 5:19 – 21, James 1:14 – 15, etc.) or from the world (2Peter 1:4, Galatians 1:4, 1John 2:15). In the parable of the sower, satan, the cares of the world and the lure of wealth, etc. are the enemies to the growth of the Word of God in us. Not every temptation comes from the devil we create or bring some to ourselves by what we do, the places we visit, what we listen to, etc.

During this season and after, let us pay attention to the things that entice or appeal to us. What are we so attached to? What are our desires, aspirations and dreams? It is these ordinary things around us that the devil takes advantage of to tempt us. Let us beware of his gimmicks, have control over our senses and above all, stand firm in the Word of God, for that is where our strength will come from in order to overcome them and have victory.

Read:📖 Matthew 6:16-18
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