Temptations have several degrees. Some arise to such an height, do so press on the soul, so cruciate and disquiet it, so fight against all opposition that is made to it, that it is a peculiar power of temptation that he is to wrestle withal. When a fever rages, a man knows he is sick, unless his distemper have made him mad.
How we may know when any temptation is come to its high noon, and is in its hour. 1st. It doth the first by several ways: —
(1st.) By long solicitations, causing the mind frequently to converse with the evil solicited unto, it begets extenuating thoughts of it.
Paul’s complaint against his natural corruption. With the means how to be delivered from the power of the same. William Teelinck. January 4, 1579, April 8, 1629 Teelinck was an influential Dutch pastor during the Further Reformation in the Netherlands.
From their book, Cases of Conscience. In their answer they mention a book by Benjamin Jenks, Victory of Chastity.
Awake, therefore, all of you in whose hearts is any thing of the ways of God ! Your enemy is not only upon you, as on Samson of old, but is in you also. He is at work, by all ways of force and craft, as we shall see.
Would you not dishonor God and his gospel; would you not scandalize the saints and ways of God; would you not wound your consciences and endanger your souls; would you not grieve the good and holy Spirit of God, the author of all your comforts; would you keep your garments undefiled, and escape the woful temptations and pollutions of the days wherein we live; would you be preserved from the number of the apostates in these latter days; — awake to the consideration of this cursed
enemy, which is the spring of all these and innumerable other evils, as also of the ruin of all the souls that perish in this world!John Owen Indwelling Sin Chapter 1
This chapter, from Preston’s book Sin’s Overthrow, is an exposition of Colossians 3:5 written in 1633
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