When dealing with an enemy, victory is impossible apart from a knowledge of the enemy’s strategy and a plan that will thwart his approach. From the first temptation (Genesis 3) and throughout the Scriptures, Satan has employed strategic means to entice people to rebel against God. We are to be on guard against him and resist him (1 Peter 5:8-9).
To help awaken and encourage people in this effort, Thomas Brooks (1608-1680), English Puritan preacher and author (and a favorite writer of Charles H. Spurgeon), penned a book entitled Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices. I am filling in for a pastor over the next three weeks and am preparing to preach from Genesis 3, so I thought this would make some good auxiliary reading. Watson evidences serious meditation on Scripture even in the preliminary part of the book, as I’ve already been instructed and edified by the table of contents (the Puritans had a way of making title and tables of content quite substantive).
Check out this excerpt:
II. SATAN’S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN
[12 devices and their remedies]
1. By presenting the bait and hiding the hook: For remedies, consider that
1) we ought to keep at the greatest distance from sin and from playing with the bait
2) sin is but a bitter sweet
3) sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest losses
4) sin is very deceitful and bewitching
2. By painting sin with virtue’s colors: For remedies, consider that
1) sin is never the less vile by being so painted
2) the more sin is so painted the more dangerous it is
3) we ought to look on sin with that eye with which within a few hours we shall see it
4) sin cost the life-blood of the Lord Jesus
As Watson points out, if we will think about sin as God does, see its true nature, and consider that it is the reason the Savior had to suffer, bleed, and die, it will help tremendously in our fight to keep from being deceived by the enemy.
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