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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 That white devil! -brooks

[b]That white devil![/b]

(Thomas Brooks, "The Privy Key of Heaven" 1665)

While the disciples were healing diseases and casting
out demons, the proud white devil was a-stirring in
their own souls; as is evident by that gentle rebuke
which our Savior gives them in Luke 10:20, "Don't
rejoice that the spirits submit to you."

There is no pious duty which a Christian performs, but
one white devil or another--one lust or another--will be
still dogging and following of him to that duty. There is
no public duty, there is no family duty, there is no private
duty which a Christian performs--but either that white
devil pride, or that white devil hypocrisy, or that white
devil vainglory; or else some one or another white devil
will follow the soul, near at heel to it.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2006/8/27 11:33Profile

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 Re: That white devil! -brooks

I do by experience find this to be true! Although I'm not sure what is particularly being expressed in the phrase [i]whie devil[/i] though I suspect it to be a peculiar phrase of the time, nevertheless, these persistent advances of the enemy, especially aimed at the attitude and gaze of our heart are evident to me in my own walk. I have found it a grace to even be aware of them

....for we are not ignorant of his devices.

and being aware of them, by grace be able to resist the evil thoughts and deny them access to the heart.

So then there is the realisation that we must [i]always[/i]

[b][color=000000] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour[/color][/b]

Maybe since there are no rockets flying over our heads, or perhaps we're not facing violence like our brothers elsewhere, we forget, slacken, let go of our grip upon sword and shield and relax?

But isn't this the real heat of the warfare we are [b]all[/b] engaged in, these hidden and secret battles of the heart and mind?

I have experienced long hours of such assults. How about you all brothers and sisters? And are we by God's grace remaining vigilant against this?

Christopher Joel Dandrow

 2006/8/27 18:28Profile

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