“Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” by Thomas Brooks

The Puritan pastor, Thomas Brooks, in his book, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, lists several of the “devices” or strategies that Satan uses to destroy the souls of men. He describes the first device in the following paragraph:

Device I: To present the bait and hide the hook; to present the golden cup, and hide the poison; to present the sweet, the pleasure, and the profit that may flow in upon the soul by yielding to sin, and by hiding from the soul the wrath and misery that will certainly follow the committing of sin. By this device he took our first parents: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened; and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3. 4-5) Your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods! Here is the bait, the sweet, the pleasure, the profit. Oh, but he hides the hook,–the shame, the wrath, and the loss that would certainly follow!

Satan is so adept at hiding the consequences of sin from those being tempted. We do not see the ruin that will come into our lives or the lives of the people we love because of our thoughts, words, or actions! As Vance Havner once said (at least I have seen this quote attributed to him), “Sin will always take you further than you ever planned to go, keep you longer than you ever planned to stay, and cost you more than you ever planned to pay.”

May we, as the people of God, say along with the Apostle Paul, “We are not ignorant of his [Satan’s] designs.” (2 Cor. 2:11)

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