2Pe 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
will sincerely and spiritually go to the LORD, and cry from their
hearts to be delivered from the power of a temptation, until it presses
so weightily upon their conscience, and lies so heavy a burden upon
their soul, that none but GOD can remove it.
But when we really feel the
burden of a temptation; when, though our flesh may love it, our spirit
hates it; when, though there may be in our carnal mind a cleaving to it,
our conscience bleeds under it, and we are brought spiritually to
loathe it and to loathe ourselves for it;
When we are enabled to go to
the LORD in real sincerity of soul and honesty of heart, beseeching him
to deliver us from it, I believe, that the Lord will, sooner or later,
either remove that temptation entirely in his providence or by his
grace, or so weaken its power that it shall cease to be what it was
before, drawing our feet into paths of darkness and evil.
however, as we are in that state of which the prophet speaks, "Their
heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty" (Hosea 10:2);
as we are in that carnal, wavering mind, which James describes, "A double-minded
man is unstable in all his ways;"
As long as we are hankering after the
temptation, casting longing, lingering side glances after it, rolling
it as a sweet morsel under our tongue, and though conscience may testify
against it, yet not willing to have it taken away, there is no hearty
cry, nor sigh, nor spiritual breathing of our soul, that GOD would
remove it from us.
But when we are brought, as in the presence of a
heart-searching GOD, to hate the evil to which we are tempted, and cry
to him that he would, for his honor and for our soul's good, take the
temptation away, or dull and deaden its power;
Sooner or later the LORD
will hear the cry of those who groan to be delivered from those
temptations, which are so powerfully pressing them down to the dust.
~J. C. Philpot~