But in this moment, you have to remember that, although God has taken away the joy, fervor, etc., He will give you the grace to push through and not fall into sin. But you have to show that you’re up for the task.
Sometimes it’s like the devil is testing us, to see how far he can go, and if we’ll put up the fight. If you see that ignoring doesn’t work (seriously, give it a shot), call upon St. Michael to help you set things straight.
The fourth rule is quite the opposite from the third. This one talks about spiritual desolation, which is everything contrary to consolation. It is here where the Lord teaches you that “Without me, you can do nothing.”
The third rule explains more about consolations, which I wouldn’t be surprised if you have probably already experienced some. The Lord gives consolations a lot in the beginning, to help the soul leave things and give to Him whatever He asks for. They give us strength and encourage us to commit ourselves more to God.
The Second Rule for Discerning Spirits, according to St. Ignatius of Loyola, is something like this: “In the people who are intensely purging their sins and who, in their service to God, go from good to better, the bad spirit tries to sadden and scare them. It’s proper of the good spirit to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations and quiet, easing, and putting away all obstacles, that one may continue in well-doing.”
The First Rule for Discerning Spirits, according to St. Ignatius of Loyola, goes something like this: for the person who goes from mortal sin to mortal sin, the devil usually seduces him with dirty thoughts, to keep him in vice and sin. The good spirit moves his conscience so that he doesn't fall.
Just as the devil tempts you and tries to make you sin, the Lord is there to encourage you to keep strong in the faith. Many times we are moved by our feelings, but they should not be the reason behind our actions. The Rules of Discerment were written by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 1500s and, as you will see, are still very applicable today.