God’s will is for your sanctification and salvation. The devil’s plan is to thwart both of those realities. These next six reflections will help you understand where you are in the midst of this and what to look out for.
1st task: find out where you are in the midst of this.
1. You don’t care about sanctification or salvation. The devil will work on you to keep you here. (deep bondage)
2. You do care about sanctification and salvation, but you aren’t interested or willing to do anything about it. The devil will work on you to keep you here or make you give up your cares all together. (sloth)
3. You do care about sanctification and salvation, and you think you are doing what needs to be done. However, you are gravely mistaken. The devil will work on you to keep you here or make you go back to the first or second level. (delusion)
4. You do care about sanctification and salvation, and you in fact have been doing what needs to be done. The devil will work on you to destroy all of this. (front lines)
Take some time to truly evaluate where you find yourself on this spectrum. In fact, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you where you actually are on this spectrum. We tend to think more of ourselves or less of ourselves, but the Holy Spirit knows exactly where we are and speaks truth and brings light.
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Coming up next, chapter 28: The Devil’s Devices II of VI
all of chapter 27:
You must know, that the devil is intent upon nothing but our ruin, and that he does not use the same method of assault with all persons.
In order, then, to make known to you some of his modes of attack, his stratagems and devices, I will set before you several different conditions of men.
Some remain in the service of sin without a thought of escape.
Some would fain be free, but never make the attempt.
Others think they are walking in the way of holiness, while they are wandering far from it.
And lastly, some, after having attained unto holiness, fall into deeper perdition.
We will discourse separately of each.