• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Thomas Watson On Temptation

Thomas Watson

Quoting Thomas Watson:

Satan’s time of tempting is usually after an ordinance; and the reason is, because then he thinks he shall find us most secure. When we have been at solemn duties, we are apt to think all is done, and we grow remiss, and leave off that zeal and strictness as before; just as a soldier, who after a battle leaves off his armor, not once dreaming, of an enemy. Satan watches his time, and when we least suspect, then he throws in a temptation.

Richard Baxter Offers Advice Against Sinful Fear

Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Richard Baxter

Consider the sinful effects of your fear. Sinful fear will drive you from God. It will begin to hinder your faith, and love. Fear will suffocate your prayer life. Therefore, your fear is pleasing to the devil and displeasing to God. Richard Baxter offers some suggestions for overcoming sinful fear:

Know God in his goodness, mercifulness, and truth and it will banish sinful fears of him: for they proceed from the ignorance or unbelief of some of these; or not considering and applying them to the cause that is before you. Psalm. 9:10, “They that know thy name, will put their trust in thee.”

Know God in Jesus Christ the Mediator, and come to him by him. And then you many have “access with boldness and confidence,” Eph. 3:12. We have “boldness to enter into the holiest by his blood, by the new and living way which he hath consecrated us, through the veil, that is to say, for his flesh. And having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” Heb. 10:19-22. The sight of Christ by faith should banish immoderate fear. Matt. 14:27, “Be of good cheer, it is I, be not afraid.”

Understand the intention of the gospel, and the freeness of the covenant of grace, and then you will there find abundant encouragement against the matter of inordinate fears.

Employ yourselves as much as possible in love and praise: for love expels tormenting fear; there is no fear in love, 1 John 4:18.

Remember God’s particular mercies to yourselves: for those will persuade you that he will use you kindly, when you find that he hath done so already. As when Manoah said, “We shall surely die because we have seen God;” his wife answered, “If the Lord were pleased to kill us, he would not have received an offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these things,” Judges. 13:22, 23.

Labor to clear up your title to the promises and special interest in Christ. Otherwise the doubts of that will be still feeding and justifying your fears.

Consider what a horrible injury it is to God, to think of him as you do of the devil, as an enemy to humble, willing souls, and a destroyer of them, and an adversary to them that diligently seek him; of whom he is a lover and rewarder, Heb. 11:6.

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