"By making the soul bold to venture upon the occasions of sin"
In other words Satan tempts us to flirt with sin. This is Satan tempting us to walk by the harlot's door while assuring us that we will not enter in. For remedies:
- Dwell upon those scriptures that do expressly command us to avoid the occasions of sin, and the least appearance of evil. (1 Thess. 5:22)
- Consider that ordinarily there is no conquest over sin, without the soul turning from the occasion of sin. (In other words the alcoholic probably will not quit drinking until he stops visiting bars)
- Consider that other precious saints, that were once glorious on earth, and are now triumphing in heaven, have turned from the occasions of sin, as hell itself
- Consider that the occasions of sin, is an evidence of grace, and that which lifts up a man above most other men in the world.
Since reading this chapter a couple of months ago the Lord has used this section frequently to combat sin in my life. If Satan can get us to walk by the harlot's door, to sit with the drunkard, to dwell upon evil thoughts, etc. then he will soon have us ensnared by those things. The advice Brooks gives in this chapter is wonderful. The thing that has stuck with me most is remedy number two: We will not get conquest over sin until we forsake the occasion for the sin. If you know when you are more apt to fall it is a good idea to avoid those situations. Simple, yet profound.
"We must shun and be shy of the very show and shadow of sin, if either we tender our credit abroad, or our comfort at home." (66)
"God will not remove the temptation, except you turn from the occasion." (67)
"To rush upon the occasions of sin is both to tempt ourselves, and to tempt Satan to tempt our souls." (68)