Satan’s Devices to Draw the Soul to Sin –Part 3

9. By presenting to the soul the crosses, losses, sorrows and sufferings that daily attend those who walk in the ways of holiness:

For remedies, consider that

A. All afflictions suffered by Christians turn to their profit
B. All such afflictions only reach their worst, not their best, part
C. All such afflictions are short and momentary
D. All such afflictions proceed from God’s dearest love
E. It is our duty and glory to measure afflictions not by the smart but by the end
F. God’s design in saints’ afflictions is to try, not to ruin, their souls
G. The afflictions, wrath and misery consequent upon wickedness are far worse than those linked with holiness

10. By causing saints to compare themselves and their ways with those reputed to be worse than themselves:

For remedies, consider that

A. To be quick-sighted abroad and blind at home proves a man a hypocrite
B. It is far better to compare our internal and external actions with the Word than to compare ourselves with others worse than ourselves
C. Though our sins may not appear as great as those of others, yet without repentance responding to mercy, we shall certainly be damned as others

11. By polluting the souls and judgments of men with dangerous errors that lead to looseness and wickedness:

For remedies, consider that

A. An erroneous vain mind is as odious to God as a vicious life
B. It is needful to receive the truth affectionately and plenteously
C. Error makes its owner suffer loss
D. It is needful to hate and reject all doctrines that are contrary to godliness, that lead to self-righteousness, and that make good works co-partners with Christ
E. It is needful to hold fast the truth
F. It is needful to keep humble
G. Errors have been productive of great evils

12. By leading men to choose wicked company:

For remedies, consider that

A. There are express commands of God to shun such company
B. Wicked company is infectious and dangerous
C. It is needful to look upon the wicked in such terms as Scripture describes them
D. The company of wicked men was once a grief and burden also to saints now glorified

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


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