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James 1:2ff


  • Ask Him Anything, L. J. Ogilvie, Word, 1981, p. 95

The Best Training

The best training is to learn to accept everything as it comes, as from Him whom our soul loves. The tests are always unexpected things, not great things that can be written up, but the common little rubs of life, silly little nothings, things you are ashamed of minding (at all). Yet they can knock a strong man over and lay him very low.

Amy Carmichael in Candles in the Dark

What Is Temptation?

What is temptation? Seduction to evil, solicitation to wrong. It stands distinguished from trial thus: trial tests, seeks to discover the man’s moral qualities or character; but temptation persuades to evil, deludes, that it may ruin. The one means to undeceive, the other to deceive. The one aims at the man’s good, making him conscious of his true moral self; but the other at his evil, leading him more or less unconsciously into sin. God tries; Satan tempts.

Fairbain, quoted in The Words and Works of Jesus Christ, J. D. Pentecost, p. 99

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