Temptations And Wandering Thoughts

Hey, there……..we are going back to http://www.practicegodspresence.com (02/06/2012…it appears this website has been taken down)  for some advice on how to deal with two dangerous enemies of ours….2 of Satan’s “big guns”:

 As part of our practice of the presence of God we need to develop simple ways and habits of dealing with distractions, wandering thoughts, and the worldly temptations that threaten to come between us and God.”

Worldly temptations are a fact of life on earth. No matter how long we practice God’s presence, we will still be subject to worldly temptations. The self, self-will, and the devil in his countless, slick disguises are always lurking and waiting for even the smallest opening. However, our earnest and humble practice of the presence of God is the way, perhaps the only way, to live in a constant habit of strong defense against subtle and surprise intrusions.

“If the mind is not sufficiently controlled and disciplined at our first engaging in devotion, it contracts certain bad habits of wandering and dissipation. These are difficult to overcome. The mind can draw us, even against our will, to worldly things. I believe one remedy for this is to humbly confess our faults and beg God’s mercy and help.” … Brother Lawrence

These words of Brother Lawrence are very important. We cannot overcome our deeply entrenched habits and attitudes without the assistance of divine grace. Furthermore, perhaps Brother Lawrence’s most practical advice is what we may call his words of prevention: “One way to re-collect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquility, is not to let it wander too far at other times. Keep your mind strictly in the presence of God. Then being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm.”

This draws us back to the essentials of our practice. We must make our main goal the forming of the habit of staying constantly in communion with God. It is easy to see how this not only applies to wandering thoughts but also to those distractions and worldly temptations that jeopardize our relationship with God.

“Useless thoughts spoil all. Mischief begins there. We ought to reject them as soon as we perceive their impertinence and return to our communion with God … We must hinder our spirits wandering from God on all occasions. We must make our heart a spiritual temple so we can constantly adore Him.”
… Brother Lawrence

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Later, in Christ.


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