Thomas Brooks once said, “Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices, are the four prime things that should be first and most studied and searched. If any cast off the study of these, they cannot be safe here, nor happy hereafter.” And I wholeheartedly agree!
In these last days, what we need is not more information, but [discernment]. Satan is the great Deceiver and he works through the sons of disobedient, unbelievers (Ephesians 2:2). Pause for a moment and really think about the ramification of that. Really think about it. We do not war against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12), but against spirits and ideologies. In other words, doctrines of demons (2 Timothy 4:1). This is why we need to have the mind of Christ. This is why we need to bathe ourselves in the Scripture of Truth. Satan will tell us a lot of truth through his servants of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15), with a bit of poison injected into it. And it is the little poison that will lead us astray. That’s why Spurgeon rightly said, “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.”
These four things must be diligently studied:
- Christ (Ephesians 4:13; 2 Peter 3:18),
- the Scripture (2 Timothy 2:15),
- your own hearts (Psalms 139:23-24),
- and Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Peter 5:8)
And with that last one, I highly recommend this short book by Warren W. Wiersbe: The Strategy of Satan. In another post (God willing), I’ll talk briefly how I use this book.