It is with Christianity as it is with any personal pursuit: consistent application over time produces results. But this application is not easy. It is this difficulty Satan uses to drive a wedge between us and our devotion to Christ. Thomas Brooks offers these remedies to encourage us onward in our pursuit of spiritual maturity and holiness.
Precious Remedies against Satan's Devices
Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, by the 17th-century English Puritan Thomas Brooks, shows how to recognize the devil’s influences and prepare for them. With his deft biblical insight and keen spiritual allegories, Brooks helps us see temptations for the spiritual dangers they truly are. As you read through Brooks' incredibly deep work, you'll see not only his mastery of the subject, but his pastoral heart for the believers who read it. New paragraph. Our blog post series walks you through this book using modern allegories and analogies, helping you unlock the rich treasures of its teachings in a fresh way. Thanks for joining us on this journey!
What we gain through Christ will always be greater than any loss we incur because of him. Let us be willing to bear any and every such earthly jewel or trinket that we might hold onto the pearl of great price.
Thomas Brooks’ point here is that Satan can present the world as so enticing and alluring that Christians may forsake their devotion to God to run after its riches and pleasures. There is much in the world that is beautiful, that brings joy and pleasure, that creates more emotional and even spiritual excitement than religious duty. The enemy can easily use these truths to his advantage. Brooks provides eight remedies to counter Satan’s schemes that use the allure of the world to distract Christians from devotion to Christ. His first four remedies each explain a particular negative quality of material gain.
We Christians must be salt and light to the world. We must be in and not of the world as we proclaim the gospel. But we also must discern when it is time to walk away from certain people for whom our message is nothing but bitterness and gall.
Thomas Brooks helps us recognize when the influence of wicked people is too great for us to bear and will become a temptation to sin.
Adherence to biblical doctrine can never be assumed. God in his Word calls us not only to obey his commands, but to keep them. We must hold tightly to them, preserve them, and teach them. The Bible is sacred. It is our sacred duty to assent to this.
Thomas Brooks provides seven remedies by which we may hold fast God’s word and resist Satan’s efforts to undermine it with doctrinal error.
“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.