Jeremiah Burroughs (1599–1646) said the devil likes to “fish in trouble waters.” He looks for Christians who are discontented and thinks, “This is good fishing for me!”
He tells them they need not suffer, thus promoting self-pity and offers a shortcut to avoid whatever may be troubling them.
If they are poor, the devil promises money. If they are angry, he offers to help them get revenge. If they are sick, he offers suffering-free health.
Coffee/tea thought:. The devil’s lies can be effectively short-circuited by speaking Scripture such as: “Be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you, So we can say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Heb. 13.4-6 NLT
Ref: Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (1648), published shortly after his death.
May 10th, 2018
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