Friday, October 20, 2006

hidden temptations

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness..." (Matt. 6:33).

Often I have wondered that I did not feel the temptations of Satan more frequently and plainly. But now I discover his plan. For a long time, indeed for years, I can see that he has contrived very many days to prevent my praying to any purpose. His temptations to me lie in the direction of putting half-lawful literature or literary work before me, which I am led on to read at once, without having first of all fully met with God. In short, he succeeds in reversing in my case, 'Seek first the kingdom of God! Lord, give me power to resist. Lord, from this day give me many victories where formerly I fell under him.

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