The golden shaft, Volume 2

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Richard Bentley & Son, 1875
 

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Page 238 - God is faithful, who will not suffer" us " to be tempted above that" we " are able ; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that " we
Page 235 - Many seek to fly temptations, and fall more grievously into them. By flight alone we cannot overcome, but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies.
Page 236 - We know not oftentimes what we are able to do, but temptations do show us what we are. Yet we must be watchful, especially in the beginning of the temptation ; for the enemy is then more easily overcome, if he be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted without the gate at his first knock.
Page 238 - Neither is it any such great thing if a man be devout and fervent, when he feeleth no affliction ; but if in time of adversity he bear himself patiently, there is hope then of great proficiency in grace.
Page 236 - The beginning of all evil temptations is inconstancy of mind, and small confidence in God. For as a ship without a helm is tossed to and fro with the waves ; so the man who is remiss, and apt to leave his purpose, is many ways tempted.
Page 237 - Yet we must be watchful, especially in the beginning of the temptation ; for the enemy is then more easily overcome, if he be not suffered to enter the door of our hearts, but be resisted at the very gate, on his first knocking. Wherefore one said, " Withstand the beginnings : the remedy is applied too late, when the evil has grown strong through long delay.
Page 234 - Nevertheless, temptations are often very profitable to us, though they be troublesome and grievous ; for in them a man is humbled, purified, and instructed. - All the saints passed through many tribulations and temptations, and profited thereby.
Page 237 - Some suffer great temptations in the beginning of their conversion ; others in the latter end. Others again are much troubled almost through the whole of their life. Some are but slightly tempted, according to the wisdom and equity of the Divine appointment, which weigheth the states and deserts of men, and ordaineth all things for the welfare of His own chosen ones.
Page 234 - No man is so perfect and holy, but he hath sometimes temptations, and we cannot be altogether without them. 2. Nevertheless temptations are often very profitable to us, though they be troublesome and grievous ; for in them a man is humbled, purified, and instructed. All the Saints passed through man's tribulations and temptations, and profited thereby.
Page 237 - Some are but slightly tempted, according to the wisdom and equity of the Divine appointment, which weigheth the states and deserts of men, and ordaineth all things for the welfare of His own chosen ones. We ought not therefore to despair when we are tempted, but so much the more fervently to pray unto God, that He will vouchsafe to help us in all tribulations ; for He will surely, according to the words of St. Paul, make with the temptation a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it.

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