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Seraphim of Sarov: “The Christian heart”

5 May 2021

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“When a man receives something Divine, in his heart he rejoices; but when he receives something diabolic, he is disturbed. The Christian heart, when it has received something Divine, does not demand anything else in order to convince it that this is precisely from the Lord; but by that very effect it is convinced that this is heavenly, for it senses within itself spiritual fruits: love, joy, peace, and the rest (cf. Gal. 5:22).”

St. Seraphim of Sarov, Little Russian Philokalia

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  1. 5 May 2021 10:36 pm

    When the Lord reveals something to a believer, there is peace in your spirit. When the devil puts something in your head, there is agitation in your spirit (It is like pouring mud into a crystal-clear jar of water. What is a normal reaction? We want to get rid of the mud as soon as possible).

    I Corinthians 2:10-15: “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

    We need to take up our cross and die daily, so that the natural man dies out and the spiritual man becomes more fully formed. I must decrease, so that He (Christ) can increase.

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