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Precious Remedies 9 - by Michael Phillips
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices - Part 9 of 30
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2 Corinthians 2:11
Jan 01, 1988 pm - The author is Thomas Brooks, a Puritan who live from 1608 to 1680. Its goal is to expose the tricks Satan uses to make us sin. Thus far, we've looked at eight of his craftiest devices; tonight, we take up a ninth. What is it? To quote Thomas Brooks, "Satan draws the soul to sin by working them to be frequent in comparing themselves and their ways with those who are known to be worse than themselves". That's a bit hard to follow. The key word, though, is "compare". The devil makes us feel good about ourselves by comparing us to people who are much worse than we are. And this good feeling keeps us from watching against sin, praying against it, and putting it to death by grace. The best-known example is the Pharisee of Luke 18. He came into the temple one day and prayed: "I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector..." His prayer was full of adoration and thanksgiving, but did you notice what it didn't have? It had no confession and no repentance. And why should it? Compared to crooks and lechers, he was a good man! The temptation to compare yourself favorably to others is not the Pharisee's alone. Good men have done it, ... More >>>

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