In this episode:
- A reminder to subscribe to our newsletter
- The design of a spiritual warrior
- A segment from chapter 4 of our audiobook
- Notes from the blog
- A special episode coming next
- Episode blog post: Six qualities of a spiritual warrior
- Podcast episode 2: Pastor Paul’s spiritual warfare toolbox
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo design: Jeff Lyons at Light & Story
- Original music: Makeup and Vanity Set
- Kindle version of Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by John Hendryx at Monergism.com
- Text for Precious Remedies provided by GraceGems.org
Welcome back to the Theodio Podcast, I’m your host Dan Kassis.
We’re walking though the book Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks. Along with a segment of our original audio production of the book, we provide commentary and fresh insight, bringing this work of classic theology to life for you.
Last time on the show we discussed saving grace – what it is, how it works, and how we distinguish it from the common graces God distributes. Go back and listen if you missed it. And be sure to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or follow on Spotify. We’re also on Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and we’re now on the new Amazon Podcast service, too.
This time on the show, we return to the subject that began the whole thing: spiritual warfare. I’d like to recommend episode 2 of this show, where we introduce and explain this topic. I’ll link to it and the accompanying blog post in the show notes.
That episode explained what spiritual warfare is (and isn’t). This one deals with how it works. In particular, Thomas Brooks says Satan wants us to believe that our struggle against sin is no different than an unbeliever’s fight against bad behavior. The result is that we don’t need God’s help, or the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We can do just fine by trying hard.
This is a deadly mistake. There is every difference between these two types of warfare.
The design of a spiritual warrior
Look into the heart and soul of a Christian. You’ll see how God has uniquely equipped us for our lifelong battle against sin.
A computer. A car. An appliance. Examine an object’s structure and makeup, and you’ll learn what it was made for. What lies inside reveals the thing’s purpose. Lacking the particular equipment, a tool or device can’t perform its stated function.
A person who claims to follow Christ but cannot conquer besetting sins needs to perform a self-evaluation. Without the internal components of saving faith and a new heart, our efforts to avoid evil and pursue good will fail.
According to Thomas Brooks, Satan wants to convince us that faith is unnecessary. You don’t have to trust in the work of Christ to live morally. All that matters is your effort. Keep trying harder and doing better. Faith just complicates things.
For the first time in his book, Brooks opts not to offer remedies against a particular device of Satan. Instead, he reasons with us using proofs from both Scripture and experience.
What we’ll see is that our faith in Christ is absolutely, utterly important as we daily wage war against the vestiges of sin within us. We don’t find the believer’s victory in tools, tricks, and techniques. We find it in the heart God has given us to believe he has already won the battle for us and trust he will help us along the journey home.
Let’s listen to Brooks now. Afterward, I’ll offer my own thoughts and comments from the accompanying blog post.
That’s all for this episode of the Theodio Podcast. Next time is going to be a special episode. I don’t say that lightly. We’re doing our first interview, on the subject of spiritual warfare in the trenches. We’ve covered so much ground here on Thomas Brooks’s book. We’ve discussed many facets of the battles we wage against our sin and against the enemy who longs to defeat us.
I thought it would be helpful to talk with someone I know and trust about what that looks like from a pastoral perspective. From the point of view of someone who has seen it and lived it daily as a shepherd of God’s people.
You’ll want to be sure you don’t miss this one. If you aren’t subscribed to or following this show yet, please do so today. We look forward to your joining us again.