Saturday, September 6, 2014

Earthly-Mindedness -- Chapter 8

This is my final post on Jeremiah Burroughs' Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapter 1 summary here, Chapter 2 summary here, Chapter 3 summary here, Chapter 4 summary here, Chapter 5 summary here, Chapter 6 summary here, and Chapter 7 summary here.

In Chapter 8 Jeremiah Burroughs looks at the five directions of how to get our hearts free from earthly-mindedness:
  1. Be watchful over your thoughts.
  2. Be humbled for sin.
  3. Set the example of the saints before you.
  4. Consider the great account we must give to God.
  5. Set the Lord Christ before you.
As we become more watchful over our thoughts, Mr. Burroughs gives the following exhortation:
"Do not take liberty to let your hearts run too far in the things of the earth.  What time you have for meditation, let it be as much as can be reserved for spiritual things.  Most men and women think they may take liberty in their thoughts.  Why, the thing itself is not unlawful!  Aye, but your thoughts will steal upon you and affect your heart very much; therefore, watch narrowly over thoughts, keep them within Scriptural bounds."
While reading the final chapter in this treatise, I was challenged by his call to action:  "But above all, set Jesus Christ before you and be meditation on the death of Jesus Christ."  Therefore, I've decided to memorize and meditate on Philippians 2:5-11.

This completes my summary look at the first treatise of earthly-mindedness by Jeremiah Burroughs.  I pray that it has been as helpful to you as it was for me.

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"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was make in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God that Father," (Phil. 2:5-11).