10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
St. Isaac of Syria in his Directions on Spiritual Training, Text 103 said: Continue reading
2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; 3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. 7 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.
Clement of Stromata wrote in his Book V: Continue reading
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Thus the whole of
spiritual warfare wages round humility. The enemy fell from pride, and
would draw us to perdition by the same means. The enemy praises us, and
should the soul listen to his praise grace withdraws until she repents.
Thus throughout her life the soul is occupied with the lesson of
Christ-like humility. So long as she has not humility wrong thoughts and
impulses will always torment her. But the humble soul finds the rest
and the peace of which the Lord tells.
Fasting and abstinence, vigil and withdrawal into silence, and other
exploits of spiritual discipline all help, but humility is the principal
Humility is not learned in a trice. That is why the Lord said: ‘Learn
lowliness in heart and meekness of me.’ To learn takes time. And there
are some who have grown old in the practice of spiritual endeavor, yet
still have not learned humility, and they cannot understand why things
are not well with them, why they do not feel peace and their souls are
Beautiful video of Mikhail Nesterov's work from Father Stephen's Blog…very meditative…breathe deep…