Friday, January 28, 2011

Fri.-Sabbath, 1/28-30/11 Devotion

Yippee--it's almost Sunday! We *get* to go back to church! Here is Thomas Watson, from his "The Lord's Prayer" book. He is dealing here with the petition: "Lead us not into temptation." . . .

"Satan's diligence in tempting is seen in the variety of temptations he uses. He does not confine himself to one sort of temptation; he has more plots than one. If he finds one temptation does not prevail, he will have another; if he cannot tempt to lust, he will tempt to pride; if temptation to covetousness does not prevail, he will tempt to pro-
fuseness; if he cannot frighten men to despair, he will see if he can-
not draw them to presumption; if he cannot make them profane, he will see if he cannot make them formalists; if he cannot make them vicious, he will tempt them to be erroneous.

"He will tempt them to leave off ordinances [church life]; he will pre-
tend revelations. Error damns as well as vice: the one pistols, the other poisons. Thus Satan's diligence in tempting is great: he will turn every stone; he has several tools to work with; if one temptation will not do he will make use of another. Had we not need then to pray, 'Lead us not into temptation'?"