Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Of Walking With God - Chapter 8

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, Chapter 6 summary here, and Chapter 7 summary here.

In Chapter 8 Mr. Burroughs outlines twelve rules of direction for walking with God:
  1. Be sure there is no way of sin in you.
  2. Labor to withdraw your heart from earthly and sensual things.  We keep our hearts in subjection to spiritual things even when we are busy with earthly things.
  3. Take Christ with you.  Look to God, but do it through Jesus Christ, the Mediator.
  4. Be careful to beautify your soul.  Look to your spirit rather than your outward actions in walking with God.
  5. Take heed of halting.  When you walk with God you must not halt between two opinions, but give yourself fully to Him; do not have a distracted or divided heart.
  6. Take heed of formality in holy duties.  Do not be satisfied unless you meet God in holy duties.
  7. Take heed of secret slidings away from the truth of God.
  8. Labor to keep such a tenderness of spirit so as to be sensible of the beginnings of declining.
  9. Labor to be spiritual in your solitary times.
  10. Let God's presence be more to you than all the world.
  11. Go on with a resolution in holy duties though you see nothing come of them for the present.
  12. Make good interpretation of all God's dealings with you; look on God as intending good to you in everything.
Jeremiah Burroughs give a clear picture of what it means to converse with God:
"Be careful of your spirit, that is, of the thoughts of your mind...What speech is to men, thoughts are to God. We converse much with God by our thoughts. Make conscience, therefore, of thoughts. Labor to cleanse your thoughts and, likewise, the affections of your heart and the stirrings of your heart, for God and your soul converse together."
He warns us that "[y]ou have had some good thoughts, but if your hearts are divided between God and the world you will be turned into an apostate in time."
 
In my next post I will conclude this series by looking at his answer in Chapter 9 to the objection concerning God's hiding His face.

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