“By working them to be frequent in comparing themselves and their ways, with those who are reputed or reported to be worse than themselves.” In his introductions to these devices of Satan, Thomas Brooks often imagines what our enemy says to us. His words are obviously characterized, based on what Scripture reveals of Satan’s personality, […]
The conclusion of our last post: Satan will tempt us to fix our eyes and thoughts on the apparent care-free life of those who ignore God’s commands. But choosing the difficulties of pursuing holiness is better than the fleeting happiness of sinfulness. If that doesn’t work, as Thomas Brooks explains in his ninth device, Satan will then cause us to focus on the hardships and suffering that life in Christ often bring.
According to Thomas Brooks as he writes of Satan’s eighth device to lure Christians into sin, our enemy wants to convince us happiness is the goal and blessedness is negotiable. Sin is capable of making us happy. But it can never leave us blessed. The happiness of sin is temporal. But the blessedness of holiness and obedience is eternal.
Brooks’ remedies intend to help us put our focus back on the long game, toward the steady “obedience in the same direction” that marks Christian life. We must choose persecution, suffering, and yes even unhappiness if that will lead to blessedness in the eyes of Christ.
Device 7: Making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin Says Satan, You may walk by the harlot’s door though you won’t go into the harlot’s bed; you may sit and sup with the drunkard, though you won’t be drunk with the drunkard; you may look upon Jezebel’s beauty, and you may play […]
In his sixth “device” of Satan against believers in our striving toward holiness, Thomas Brooks offers this one remedy among many: … to consider of the nature of true repentance. Repentance is some other thing, than what vain men conceive .. True repentance is a thorough change both of the mind and life. Repentance for […]
Making messes has always been easy for humans. Cleaning them up is the perpetual challenge. And the easier cleaning becomes the messier we may allow ourselves to get. Especially if it’s someone else doing the cleaning. As Thomas Brooks states, Satan wants us to be comfortable in our sins knowing we have a God who freely forgives through repentance. And because repentance is so easy, why not sin away knowing our return home is such a quick trip?
The attack on penal substitutionary atonement is an attack against God’s justice, itself. It tries to assert God’s mercy has been applied to all people everywhere, whether they repent of sin or not, whether they believe or not, whether they want it or not. That salvation, or something like it, is merely a matter of “waking up” to this reality.
But there are enough warnings in the New Testament for the saints to “continue” in the faith that it is apparent there is more to redemption than mere knowledge.
And we must hear what Brooks has to say on the matter.