When Satan Dresses Up The World

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (Puritan Paperbacks) One  of the many things Satan does to try to keep us from growing in holiness and serving the Lord is to attempt to get the Christian to love the world.  He dresses up the world and tries to make it desirable for the Christian, with the aim that the Christian walk away from Christ.  How can we fight this temptation of Satan?  Thomas Brooks has some good advice – I especially like the story of Chrysostom in #2:

  1. The first remedy against this device of Satan is to dwell upon the impotency and weakness of all these things here below.  They are not able to secure you from the least evil, they are not able to procure you the least desirable good.  The crown of gold cannot cure the headache….

  2. The second remedy against this device of Satan is to dwell upon the vanity of them [worldly things] as well as upon the impotency of all worldly good.  This is the sum of Solomon’s sermon, ‘vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’  …Chrysostom once said that if he were the fittest in the world to preach a sermon to the whole world, gathered together in one congregation, and had some high mountain for his pulpit from whence he might have a prospect of all the world in his view, and were furnished with a voice of brass, a voice as loud as the trumpets of the archangel, that all the world might hear him, he would choose to preach upon no other text than that in the Psalms: ‘O mortal men, how long will you love vanity, and follow after lies?’ (Ps. 4:2).

Brooks gives more remedies to fight Satan’s temptation to love the world; I don’t have the space to list them all here.  Not only does he tell the Christian to take our eyes off the world and its vanities, he also reminds us to fix our eyes above, where Christ is, where eternal riches await those who trust in him.

Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, p. 102-104.

Shane Lems

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