Satan’s Devices to Draw the Soul to Sin –Part 2

5. By presenting God to the soul as One made up all of mercy:

For remedies, consider that

A. It is the sorest of judgments to be left to sin upon any pretense whatsoever
B. God is as just as He is merciful
C. Sins against mercy will bring the greatest and sorest judgments on men
D. Though God’s general mercy is over all His works, yet His special mercy is confined to those who are divinely qualified
E. The saints now glorified regarded God’s mercy as a most powerful argument against, and not for, sin

6. By persuading the soul that repentance is easy and that therefore the soul need not scruple about sinning:

For remedies, consider that

A. Repentance is a difficult work above our own power
B. Repentance changes and converts the whole man from sin to God
C. Repentance is a continued act
D. If repentance were easy, the lack of it would not strike millions with terror and drive them to hell
E. To repent of sin is as great a mark of grace as not to sin
F. Satan now suggests that repentance is easy, but shortly he will drive his dupes to despair by presenting it as the hardest work in the world.

7. By making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin:

For remedies, consider that

A. Certain scriptures expressly command us to avoid occasions of sin and the least appearance of evil
B. There is no conquest over sin unless the soul turns from the occasions of sin
C. Saints now glorified have turned from the occasions of sin as from hell itself
D. To avoid the occasions of sin is an evidence of grace

8. By representing to the soul the outward mercies enjoyed by men walking in sin, and their freedom from outward miseries:

For remedies, consider that

A. We cannot judge of how the heart of God stands towards a man by the acts of His providence
B. Nothing provokes God’s wrath so much as men’s abuse of His goodness and mercy
C. There is no greater curse or affliction in this life than not to be in misery or affliction
D. The wants of evil men are far greater than their outward blessings
E. Outward things are not as they seem, nor as they are esteemed
F. God has ends and designs in giving evil men outward mercies and present rest from sorrows and sufferings that cause saints to sigh
G. God often plagues and punishes those whom others think He most spares and loves
H. God will call evil men to a strict account for all the outward good that they have enjoyed

-Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, 1652.

 

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