When Satan Reminds You of Your Sin

Satan is an expert at rubbing our noses in our past sins.  He knows how to plague Christians by telling them their sins are so great they should despair.  He masks the truth (“You have sinned greatly against God in thousands of ways…”) with a lie (“…Therefore you have no hope of salvation”).  Puritan Thomas …

Comfort In and Through Temptation

What comfort do Christians have in and through temptation?  How does the gospel apply when Satan tempts us?  Thomas Brooks answered these questions brilliantly in his book, The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod.  One of the comforts Christians have in and through affliction is Christ’s continual priestly intercession for us.  Below is an edited …

The Narrow Path, The Good Shepherd

In the first part of Christian’s journey, he had to travel through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  In this valley there was a very narrow path with hellish dangers on both sides.  If Christian would veer too much to the left or right, it would be the end of him. The narrator explained …

Satan’s Temptings

  John Newton's letters are, in my opinion, some of the most edifying, biblical, and practical pastoral letters ever written (aside from inspired epistles, of course).  Here's a great section from his letter to a friend on the topic of temptation.  I've slightly edited it to make it easier to read. "[Satan] hates the Lord's people, …

Satan and Election: Faith’s Fights

 In his 1000+ page discussion of the Christian's armor, Puritan William Gurnall (d. 1679) explained how Satan tries to wreck the faith of a Christian.  Among those many ways, one of them is to get the Christian hung up on scrupulous questions.  Specifically, sometimes Satan torments the Christian by asking how he knows his election.  Here's Gurnall's …

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