Devices Against the Great and Honorable of the Earth

Satan’s Devices to Destroy and Ensnare All Sorts and Ranks of Men in the World. –Part 1 of 4

I. Devices Against the Great and Honorable of the Earth

1. By causing them to seek greatness, position, riches, and security:

For remedies, consider that

A. Self-seeking sets men upon sins against the Law, the Gospel, and Nature itself
B. Self-seeking exceedingly abases a man
C. The Word pronounces curses and woes against self-seekers
D. Self-seekers are self-losers and self-destroyers
E. Saints have denied self and set public good above personal advantage
F. Self hinders the sight of divine things: hence prophets and apostles, when seeking visions, were carried out of themselves

2. By causing them to act against the people of the Most High:

For remedies, consider that

A. All who have acted against the saints have been ruined by the God of the saints
B. The Scriptures show that God gives victory to His people against their enemies
C. To fight against the people of God is to fight against God Himself
D. Men of the world owe their preservation from instant ruin, under God, to the saints

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

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