[2:208] O you who believe, come, all of you, into submission; and follow not the steps of Satan; he is a manifest foe to you.
He has charged the believer with making peace with everyone except his lower self, for it makes no move except to oppose [the believer's] Chief (sayyid). Anyone who makes peace with himself becomes listless in his spiritual struggles (mujāhadāt). That is the cause of the suspension of those who started out on the quest and the reason for the lassitude of those who initially felt spiritual desire.
The steps of Satan are what are whispered to you in your inability to fully uphold the precepts of good conduct and to abandon ill-advised inclinations that are best ignored. Rather it is as God Most High said, 'If you fear for him, cast him into the waters' [28:7]. Then look to what it was He did with [Moses] when [Moses's mother] cast him [into the water] and how He returned him to her after saving him.