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LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT STEP 25
STEP 25 “DEVELOPING HUMILITY”
Scripture on Humility….
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.
1 Peter 5:5-6 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
STEP 24 “LIVING MEEKLY”
On Meekness, Simplicity, Guilelessness, and Wickedness
Meekness = patient, mild, submissive.. Simplicity =simple state or quality, freedom from complexity.. Guilelessness = not being sly and/or cunning in dealing with others…Wickedness = sinful, evil…..
STEP 22 HUMBLING OURSELVES
On the Many Forms of Vainglory
Vainglory = extreme self-pride and boastfulness
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Phil 2:3
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other Gal 5:26
STEP 21 “FACING OUR FEAR”
Scripture on fear:
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and m...
Step 20 Staying Alert
On bodily vigil and how to use it to attain spiritual vigil and how to practise it.
As we labor to ascend to God (understanding that prayer is both the way of and the end of the ascent) we must prepare ourselves for the test of prayer. The first battle is getting to the place and time of prayer. This is what St. John talked about in Step 19: overcoming sleep, getting out of bed (or staying out of bed) and actually forcing ourselves to attend to the time of prayer. In Step 20 he talks about the next part of our struggle in prayer - alertness.
Step 19 Ladder of Divine Ascent = Staying Awake
There is a saying in the book of Proverbs which introduces the theme of Step 19 very well: "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep - - so shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, and your need like an armed man." (Interestingly, this saying is repeated twice: Proverbs 6:10,11 and Proverbs 24:33,34).
STEP 18 “AVOID INSENSITIVITY…. GETTING SERIOUS”
Insensitivity = The inability to respond to affective changes in interpersonal environment. Not sensitive, numb, lacking sensitivity to the feelings or circumstances of others.. Lacking in obedience to God’s Word.
We will be looking at these two steps together, Step 16 On Love of Money, or Avarice, greed… Step 17: On Non-Possessiveness (that hastens one heavenwards), because they represent opposite sides of the same coin. Step 16 describes the spiritual illness, while Step 17 prescribes the spiritual cure. The words of Jesus fittingly introduce their theme:
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19-21)
LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT STEP SIX
STEP 6 “REMEMBERING OUR MORTALITY”
This brief step considers a rather simple but essential practice of the desert fathers; to remember not only that one will die, but what death brings – judgment (Hebrews 9:27) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…… Such a thought spurs one on to repentance and conversion, prevents laziness, makes dishonor and indignity sweet, banishes worries and anxieties, and deters sin. This alone is enough to make John call it the "most essential of all works."
Ladder of Divine Ascent Step 15
Step Fifteen on Chastity “Keeping Ourselves Pure”
We have heard from that raving mistress gluttony, who has just spoken, that her offspring is war against bodily chastity.…
Colossians 3:5 - Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Ephesians 5:3 - But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Romans 13:13 - Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
1 Thessalonians 4:7 - For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT STEP 14
Step Fourteen “On Gluttony Controlling our Habits”
Spiritual, Physical and Material Passions… Gluttony: “On that clamorous mistress, the stomach”
Scriptures on Gluttony
Philippians 3:19 - Whose end [is] destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Proverbs 23:21 - For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
Deuteronomy 21:20 - And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard.
Psalms 78:18 - And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
Romans 13:14 - But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].
Proverbs 23:20 - Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
Galatians 5:16- [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh
1 Corinthians 10:31 - Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Step Thirteen On Despondency or Tedium of Spirit
“Escaping from Boredom”
Despondency or Sloth can entail different vices. While sloth is sometimes defined as physical laziness, spiritual laziness is emphasized. Failing to develop spiritually is key to becoming guilty of sloth. In the Christian faith, sloth rejects grace and God.
LADDER OF DIVINE ASCENT STEP 12
STEP 12 “SPEAKING THE TRUTH”
Throughout the Ladder John Climacus discusses the logical progression from one vice to another. And so it is with the vice of falsehood. It arises out of undiscipli...