Friday, February 20, 2015

Of Walking With God - Chapter 7

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' "Of Walking With God" found in his book Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapters 1-2 summary here, Chapter 3 summary here, Chapter 4 summary here, Chapter 5 summary here, and Chapter 6 summary here.

In Chapter 7 Mr. Burroughs shows the evidences of a Christian walking with God:
  1. He does not depend upon sense or reason in the course of his life.
  2. He is the same in private as he is in public.
  3. He has a serious spirit.  A Christian with joy is able to command himself, which makes him fit for that which is holy.  All wicked men walk in the vanity of their minds.
  4. He walks in newness of life.
  5. When he has to deal with the world, he will not stay there, but will return quickly to God.  He is not relying on the world, but he is relying on God in all that he enjoys.  Those that stick to the things in the world are not acquainted with the way of walking with God.
  6. He loves to be withdrawn from the world and have his secluded times of meditation and prayer.  He who walks with God loves some alone times as well as to be busy in the business of the world.
  7. He is careful to make his accounts with God even every day.
  8. His soul delights in spiritual truth, spiritual ordinance, and spiritual company.
  9. He walks in all the commandments of God.  It's true, the chief work a man has is to converse with God, yet he is careful to be blameless before men because the honor of God has a great deal to do with being blameless before men.
  10. He walks with God according to Scripture:
    • He walks in humility.
    • He walks in uprightness.
    • He walks in the fear of God.
    • He walks with the comfort of the Holy Ghost.
    • He walks above by looking upon himself as being set by God in too high a condition to be satisfied with all the world as his portion.
    • He endeavors to walk as Christ walked.  May the Lord bring you into this walk and keep you in such a blessed walk as this.
Jeremiah Burroughs clearly shows the need for Christians to have alone times for meditation and prayer: "Those that walk with God, if they live in a house with no secluded rooms, go abroad and have some time to be alone by themselves, whereas other men do not know how to spend any secluded, withdrawn times.  When they are alone, their minds wander this way or that, and they gaze after every feather that flies."  I was certainly convicted of how much precious time I waste in my vain thought life.

In addition, I was confronted with a very valid, but often ignored, reason that my prayer life is not always consistent: "Here is the reason why many people are reluctant to pray, reluctant to come to duties of communion with God.  It is because they have not kept their accounts with God even but have gotten behind, and their hearts are entangled in the world and in their lusts."

In my next post I will look at the twelve rules of direction for walking with God from Chapter 8.

"And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him," (Gen. 5:24).