Abba Anthony said, "I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?". Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility".
Sacred Scripture connects the idea of trial (temptation) with the idea of reproof (exposure)! My son, do not despise the discipline of the Lord, nor despond when you are reproved by Him (Heb. 12:5). This is also evident from those previously quoted words of the Lord: Those whom I love I reprove and discipline (Rev. 3:19). Why is reproof connected with trial? It is because every affliction discloses the passions hidden in the heart and puts them in motion. Till trouble comes, [...]
"He has come upon earth, He, Who in the beginning created us from earth and breathed His Divine breath into us; He has come Who “giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts xvii. 25.); He has come, He Who by a single word called all things visible and invisible from non-existence into existence, Who by a word called into being birds, fishes, quadrupeds, insects, and all creatures, existing under His almighty providence and care; He has [...]
The only hope of salvation from the delusions and the heresies, the innovations and the traps of wicked people and of the devil is prayer, repentance and humility. Elder Joseph the Hesychast