Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lent : Temptation and the Will

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast.
--Gen 3.1

Temptation properly so-called is rarely the exclusive work of the devil. Ordinarily he uses his knowledge of the dominant tendencies of a soul and his power over the senses in order to make an image more enticing, to stir up an impression, to intensify a pleasure, to quicken thus a desire, or make a solicitation more attractive and more actual, so that it will invade the field of conscience and win the consent of the will.

This kind can be cast out in no way except by prayer and fasting.
--Mark 9.28

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