Fr. Patrick writes: Temptation V

A walk with God-Day 15: Temptation V

Lent is a Sacred time for the renewing and purifying of our hearts, so that freed from disordered affections, we may so deal with the things of this passing world as to hold on rather to the things that eternally endure. Falling for temptation is a sure way to be trapped into these disordered affections and that is why we must be on the alert.

In seeking to resist or overcome temptation, we don’t have to always face it- we sometimes have to flee or avoid the temptation entirely. In fact, we don’t have to engage the devil in any conversation; rather, let your conversation be with God in Prayer. Know that the devil is very cunning and the father of lies; therefore to engage him in conversation will be detrimental to us because all he will spew out will be falsehood and we will fall before we know it. It was in like manner that he deceived our first parents and indeed continues to deceive humanity.

The more we entertain temptation, the more it entices us. This is why Eve failed for she had a long chat with the devil. In the temptation of Jesus we saw that He was very brief with satan and asked the devil to leave, “Go away, Satan…”(Mt. 4:10). Beware, never ever dialogue with temptation, never dialogue with the devil. You cannot entertain temptation and still expect to resist. Joseph in Genesis 39:12 is also an example for us. “Be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Read:📖 Genesis 39:6-23
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for victims of injustice
Action:👉🏽 Attend the Stations of the Cross

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