Stone Soup for Five: How Satan Encourages Us To Sin: Method One

How Satan Encourages Us To Sin: Method One

We're ready to jump in to this series of blog posts working through the book Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Puritan Thomas Brooks.  You can read along in the book with me with a free digital copy here, or purchase a paper copy here.

Today, let's look at the first way Satan encourages us to sin:  by presenting the bait and hiding the hook.

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Questions to journal through:
  1. In what ways have you seen this method of Satan in your own life?
  2. Think of a specific instance in your life where Satan baited you with something but hid the hook.
  3. What was the temptation (bait)?
  4. What was the hook (sin)?
  5. How would that situation have been different if you had used one of the remedies above?
  6. Is Satan currently using this same method with you right now?  If so, how?
  7. Which of the remedies above do you need to pursue to prevent falling for the bait?
  8. How specifically will you use this remedy?

If you would like a free printable of this method it's under the Subscriber Bonuses tab above, (the password is on all the emails I send you) look for PR1.1

I'd love to hear what you think and your experiences with this method of Satan.  Feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

All information is summarized and paraphrased from the book to make it accessible for everyone.  I hope you take the time to discuss these important insights with your children and teens!

Previous posts in the series:


Coming next week:
Method 2: Satan Paints Sin to Look Like Virtue


  1. I do not understand how to get the printable version. I have been to Subscriber Bonuses but I do not see PR1.1. Please help. Thank you
    Katherine Birkbeck

    1. I couldn't figure it out either, but then I clicked on the big blue square with the title, and they came up.

    2. So when you get into the bonuses page, click on the Precious Remedies Series box, and it will take you to the download page from there. Sorry it's a bit confusing at first.

  2. How exactly does one keep at a distance from sin if it is surrounding us?

    1. For me, personally, it would be knowing what my weaknesses are and then avoiding those. For example, if I struggle with impure thoughts, I wouldn't read a book that would stir those thoughts up or watch a movie that would have scenes that would tempt me. Just like a wise recovering alcoholic wouldn't spend his free time in bars. Know what weaknesses you have and then stay away from things that incite them. Does that make sense?

  3. This is so timely for me, I have been sinning, I have been a Christian for 39 years, and I have started to drink again. The hook and bait, got me. I also watched a DVD by Franklin Graham called Flying Blind, about Christian being in a spiritual fog. Wow, that is me. Thank you Kari for listening to the Holy Spirit and speaking for Him.

    1. Praise God for His work in your life! What an encouragement and a blessing to hear. Thank you for sharing!

    2. Oh my, i feel your torment. I was a heavy drinker before being saved, then found a real God fearing Jesus loving church who taught me to give up the drink, but recently the temptation is getting really strong. The only thing holding me back from drinking, is that i know it would hurt my brother and sisters in christ at my church, they love the Lord so much, it would break their hearts if i slid back again.

  4. Thank you sooooooooo much Ari for starting this study, AND a free book too. I can't wait to get into this and know my enemies ways. As a mother and housewife, mainly at home by myself, i feel utterly attacked at times, it's ok during those feel good nothing can get me down days during that short part of the month, other times i feel so shot down, useless to anyone let alone God. I read the book called humility written by Andrew murray. That too was an eye opner about how we the creature used to be filled with God, but now we have more of the fallen angel in us.....what a thought.

    1. Caz...please hang on tight to the promises God has for us. As an educator I see so many “broken” children. Your job as a mom and wife are so important. It is definitely not a job for the weak at heart ��
      You are fulfilling the way for YOUR family to have that stability that will strengthen their identity in who they are and whose they are! Don’t let the wiles of Satan trap you.
      Thank you Ms. Kari for sharing this study.

    2. Caz, I hear you. Those days of being at home can be tough and lonely. But they are crucial years. Keep your focus on God and keep looking around you for how He is working. It helped me a lot to keep looking and to watching for Him. Stay strong in the Lord. He is for you!


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