Self-knowledge

“Labor to know your own frame and temper; what spirit you are of; what associates in your heart Satan has; where corruption is strong, where grace is weak; what stronghold lust has in your natural constitution, and the like.”

-John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, ed. Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, 202

“In other words, know what you’re like. Where are your strengths? Where are your weaknesses? When are you inclined to sadness and melancholy? What gets you up? What gets you down? What kind of temperament has God given you?”

“Satan has been alive for a long time. His minions have been active and mobilized since the week the world was created. The Scriptures don’t give us any indication that they sleep. They’re watching you all the time. They recognize your habits and weaknesses, perhaps better than you do. The enemy knows what to put on the table to tempt you.”

“The truth is we must labor to understand our unique weaknesses, so that we can be prepared for Satan’s customized temptations.”

-Rick Holland, Uneclipsing the Son, 84-85

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