Satan Fans the Flames of Our Corrupt Desires

“Though Satan instills his poison, and fans the flames of our corrupt desires within us,we are yet not carried by any external force to the commission of sin, but our own flesh entices us, and we willingly yield to its allurements.”

The Blindness of Men who Oppose God

“It is a horrible blindness, indeed, when a mortal man is not ashamed to oppose himself to God; but to such a pitch of madness does Satan carry those who set a higher value on their own ambition than on the truth of God. Meanwhile, it is our duty to cherish such a reverence for the word of God as shall extinguish all the splendour of the world, and scatter its vain pretensions; for miserable would be our condition, if our salvation depended on the will of princes, and far too unsteady would our faith be, if it were to stand or fall according to their pleasure.” ~ Commenting on John 7:48

Everywhere We Meet with Stumbling Blocks

“You have still to take courage for the future, for though the assaults are not so rude as those we have witnessed, the devil has many ways of turning aside the children of God from the right path, were it but the bad examples with which we are surrounded on all sides. Several are fickle, some altogether profane; some become lukewarm, others are fond of luxury, and others again give themselves up to a dissolute manner of life. In a word, everywhere we meet with stumbling blocks  For that reason, you have the more need to be ever on the watch, and to fortify yourself, so that you may be, as it were, a mirror to bring back to the good way those who are in train to stray from it.” ~ Calvin, in a letter to the Comtesse De Seninghen, written from Geneva, August 28, 1563.