A Lifting Up For The Downcast

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Too often believers are convinced that Christians should never be unhappy. But Scripture records many instances of men and women who glorified God while facing a season of discouragement and despair. In A Lifting up for the Downcast, Puritan Pastor William Bridge reasons (from Psalm 42:11) that there is no reason for discouragement, no matter what cause and conditions may arise. Hyperlinked with hundreds of embedded Scripture references and helpful footnotes, this edition is an entirely new, gently modernized text that is approachable to today’s readers while retaining its original character. Includes a biographical preface.

The Wiles of Satan

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Like it or not, every Christian is engaged in a fierce and high-stakes battle with Satan. In this enlightening book, Puritan pastor William Spurstowe succinctly illustrates from 2 Corinthians 2:11 (“…lest Satan should get an advantage of us—for we are not ignorant of his devices”) his premise: that “Satan is full of devices, and studies arts of circumvention, by which he unweariedly seeks the irrecoverable ruin of the souls of men.” Spurstowe explains how Satan’s long experience and single-minded determination make him such a formidable adversary. He then proceeds to methodically expose, explain, and disarm nearly two dozen common traps that Satan has used to ensnare every generation of the unwary. Finally, he prescribes ten helpful remedies or antidotes that can be used to counter even the most tempestuous temptation.

William Spurstowe (1605–1666) was a Presbyterian pastor and member of the Westminster Assembly; he served the Parliament of Richard Cromwell. Originally published in 1666, this classic treatise has been carefully prepared to benefit a new generation of Christian readers. Archaic language has been gently modernized, and dozens of helpful footnotes have been added to aid the reader. This edition includes a biographical preface, Scripture index, and review questions designed to guide group discussion or personal reflection.

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  1. Containing an introduction to the text (2 Corinthians 2:11).
  2. Containing the main proposition, and sum of the discourse.
  3. In which the great ability of Satan to tempt is shown:
    1. Because his nature is both spiritual and intellectual
    2. Because he has been tempting mankind for a long time
    3. Because this is the only pursuit he is engaged in
    4. Because all of the evil spirits in his realm are united in purpose
    5. Because he artfully disguises his temptations as the lusts of our own depraved hearts
    6. Because our corrupt reason is a suitable field for him to sow his temptations.
  4. Containing an enumeration of Satan’s wiles:
    1. By using lesser sins to make way for the commission of greater ones
    2. By instilling dissatisfaction and a restless importunity to the commission of the sin
    3. By ceasing to tempt or feigning flight
    4. By convincing us that the ends justify the means
    5. By disguising things so that they appear to be what they are not
    6. By ensnaring us in the use of lawful things
    7. By suiting temptation to our age and condition
    8. By insinuating suggestions and temptations with such subtlety that we cannot distinguish them from our own reasoning
    9. By cultivating erroneous doctrine
    10. By calling down the Word of God and its ministers
    11. By displaying false signs, wonders, or miracles
    12. By perplexing us with temptations which seem to be unique
    13. By spoiling our performance of holy duties:
      1. in doing our duties for wrong ends
      2. in doing our duties unseasonably
      3. by harassing us as we attempt to perform our duties
    14. By providing a false remedy
    15. By instilling a false sense of guilt upon the conscience
    16. By giving us a sense of fear or shame which will not allow us to speak to others of our temptations
    17. By tempting us in areas where we consider ourselves strong
    18. By convincing us that we may quickly repent of the sin and be restored
    19. By keeping a wounded conscience raw and smarting
    20. By drawing us aside when we are in the midst of pursuing some great mercy
    21. By making our calling and duties interfere with each other
    22. By keeping us at one extreme or another.
  5. Wherein are laid down several antidotes against the wiles of Satan:
    1. Christian sobriety and watchfulness
    2. Resolution and Christian courage
    3. Make use of the Lord Jesus Christ:
      1. As a pattern to know how to resist temptations
      2. As an aide and comfort
    4. Be abundant in the use of prayer
    5. Take heed of giving place to the Devil
    6. Take heed of venturing upon the occasions of sin, and coming near the borders of temptation
    7. Be diligent and industrious in your calling
    8. Be sincere of heart
    9. Remember that whatsoever is profitable to the enemy is hurtful to you, and whatsoever is profitable to you is hurtful to your enemy
    10. Have an eye often to Scripture encouragements.
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The Doubting Believer

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"Am I really a Christian?" At one time or another, all believers encounter periods of doubt regarding the genuineness of their faith. In this book, Puritan pastor Obadiah Sedgwick explores the kinds of doubt that commonly arise in the context of true saving faith, gently guiding the reader through fourteen circumstances likely to produce uncertainty. Using the Bible as a roadmap, the author helps us navigate away from the rocky shoals of doubt into the safe harbor of assurance.

Obadiah Sedgwick (c.1600–1658) was a Presbyterian pastor and member of the Westminster Assembly. Originally published in 1641, this classic treatise has been carefully prepared to benefit a new generation of Christian readers. Archaic language has been gently modernized, and helpful footnotes have been added to aid the reader. Hundreds of Scripture references are embedded in the text (using the English Standard Version®). This edition includes a foreword by Dr. Don Kistler, a biographical preface, and review questions designed to facilitate group discussion or personal reflection.

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"It is well-known to Satan what a serviceable channel faith is for all of our traffic, either for our ship to launch out into duties, or for God’s ship to arrive unto us laden with mercies—and therefore there is no other grace that he assaults as much as he does our faith. If the foundation is weakened or shaken, it has a spreading influence throughout the whole building. A Christian’s faith cannot be wronged without the entire spiritual frame quickly becoming sensible of the wrong and loss."

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"If you would make any part of your battle strong, then focus your attention upon anything that contributes to and maintains a spirit of unbelief. It is certainly true that the foundation of your doubts is original sin, but the great pillar that rests upon it is lingering unbelief. All of your staggering, reeling, questioning, and doubting comes directly from your unbelief. O weak believer, this is what prevents you from seeing Christ, the covenant, the promises, and your title! This is what distorts your judgment and misleads it with cunning arguments, so that you cannot discern the full truth of God’s promises, or see the prevailing reasons for persuading yourself that they belong to you."

"'O,’ says the humbled sinner who has a true sight of himself, ‘what a broken state of affairs this is! What an imperfect measure of holiness! My light is dim, and there is a sense of drudgery in all of my duties. My righteousness is defective and my faith is mixed with much unbelief. My prayers contain a great deal of coldness, irreverence, and distraction; and when I have mourned over my sins, I am grieved for not feeling more grief. Thus I hate myself, because I cannot otherwise hate my sins. How then can I stand before God, whose eyes are too pure to behold sin? Will the Lord accept such a person, who discharges his duties so poorly?'"

"You are in God’s divine favor, though you cannot feel it; and although your comfort lies in the feeling of it, yet your happiness is in the being of it. You are saved because God loves you, not because you perceive that love."

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