“Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” — Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)
“The first device that Satan has to keep souls in a sad, doubting, and questioning condition, and so making their life a hell, is, By causing them to be still poring and musing upon sin, to mind their sins more than their Savior; yes, so to mind their sins as to forget, yes, to neglect their Savior; that, as the Psalmist speaks, ‘The Lord is not in all their thoughts’ (Psalm 10:4). Their eyes are so fixed upon their disease, that they cannot see the remedy, though it be near; and they do so muse upon their debts, that they have neither mind nor heart to think of their Surety. A Christian should wear Christ in his bosom as a flower of delight, for he is a whole paradise of delight. He who minds not Christ more than his sin, can never be thankful and fruitful as he should.” (from: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, Thomas Brooks)
♦ Thomas Brooks was an English Puritan Minister and author. Follow this link for more biographical information on Brooks.
♦ I also recommend buying a copy of Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints by Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson. A tremendous resource, not only for the biographical information, but as a guide to the best in puritan literature.