Shimon the Rock wrote this exhortation to 1st-century Yeshua-followers:
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy ha'satan prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.In our walk with God today, we find our experience to be the same. Many of our most common failures occur when we're caught unexpectedly by a temptation or a difficult situation, and we respond badly.
Part of our problem is that we simply don't expect to be tempted. Then when the trial comes, it catches us off guard, and we fall.
This is where mussar comes in. As a spiritual discipline, mussar helps believers cultivate both self-control and awareness--so when you find yourself facing one of the tests that will inevitably come each and every day, you're not caught off guard, but rather prepared.
What are you waiting for--check it out!