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“12-step Program to Destroying Satan’s Devices Against a Peculiar People, a Holy People, a Chosen Nation.” Or something like that.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL

I highly recommend Thomas Brooks’ "medium sized" reading in the Puritan Paperbacks series Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices. Recently, Banner released a smaller version of this book called United We Stand. It is 64 pages but only 58ish of it are reading pages. Consider taking it up and reading it with your family, co-workers (whether in the marketplace and even ministry staff), and within your church body.

DEVICES Satan uses to destroy the saints

Satan has his devices to destroy the saints; and one great device that he has to destroy the saints is, "By working them first to be strange, and then to divide, and then to be bitter and jealous, and then 'to bite and devour one another' (Gal 5:15)."

REMEDIES against this device

  1. To dell more upon one another’s graces than upon one another’s weaknesses and infirmities
  2. That love and union makes most for your own safety and security
  3. To dwell upon those commands of God that do require you to love one another
  4. To dwell more upon these choice and sweet things wherein you agree, than upon those things wherein you differ
  5. That God delights to be styled Deus pacis, the God of peace, and Christ to be styled Princeps pacis, the Prince of peace, and King of Salem, that is King of peace; and the Spirit is a Spirit of peace. ‘the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace’ (Gal. 5:22)
  6. To make more care and conscience of keeping up your peace with God
  7. To dwell much upon that near relation and union that is between you To dwell upon the miseries of discord
  8. To dwell upon the miseries of discord.
  9. That it is no disparagement to you to be first in seeking peace and reconcilement, but rather an honour to you, that you have begun to seek peace
  10. For saints to join together and walk together in the ways of grace and holiness so far as they do agree, makaing the word their only touchstone and judge of their actions
  11. To be much in self-judging: ‘Judge yourselves, and you shall not be judged of the Lord’ (I Cor 11:31)
  12. Labour to be clothed with humility
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