[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
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.
_________________Christopher Joel Dandrow