Remedies Against Satan's Devices")
"I will give You all these things--if You will fall
worship me." Matthew 4:9
Satan presents the world in such a
dress, and in such a garb,
as to ensnare the soul, and to win the affection of the soul.
He represents the world to them in its beauty and finery, which
proves a bewitching sight to carnal men. Satan can no sooner
cast out his golden bait--but we are ready to
play with it,
and to nibble at it!
He can no sooner throw out his golden
ball--but men are apt to run after it--though they lose God
and their souls in the pursuit!
Ah! the time, the thoughts, the hearts, the souls--which the
inordinate love of this wicked world eats up and destroys!
Where one thousand are destroyed by the world's frowns
--ten thousand are destroyed by the world's smiles!
The world, siren-like, sings to us--then sinks us!
It kisses us--then
betrays us, like Judas!
It kisses us--then
stabs us under the rib, like Joab.
The honors, splendor, and all the glory of this world, are but
sweet poisons, which will much
endanger us, if they do not
eternally destroy us. Ah! the multitude of souls that have
glutted on these sweet baits, and died forever! Such men
will sell Christ, heaven, and their souls for a trifle! "How
will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie?" Psalm
Ah, how many thousands are there now on earth, who have
found this true by experience; who have spun a lovely rope
to strangle themselves, both temporally and eternally, by
being bewitched by the beauty and finery of this world!
The main reason why men dote upon the world, and damn
their souls to get the world, is, because they are not acquainted
with a greater glory! Men ate acorns, until they were acquainted
with the use of wheat. Ah, did men but taste more of heaven,
and live more in heaven, and had more glorious hopes of going
to heaven, ah, how easily would they trample the world under
"You joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property,
you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions."
Let heaven be a man's object, and earth will soon be his abject.
Assurance of more great and glorious things, breed in the soul a
holy scorn and contempt of all these poor, base worldly things
--which the soul before valued above God, Christ and heaven.