Thursday, June 22, 2017

Contentment, Prosperity, & God's Glory - Chapter 8

Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory [ISBN 978-1-601778-232-8] is book of sermons by Jeremiah Burroughs on achieving contentment during times of abundance which were compiled as an appendix to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.  The Rare Jewel helps the Christian to find contentment in times of want, while these follow-up sermons help the Christian to find contentment in times of prosperity.  In both books, Mr. Burroughs expounds Philippians 4:12, "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

In Chapter 8, Mr. Burroughs shows how Christians increase the guilt of the sins of abundance:
  1. The first condition is when you abuse your wealth in light of the suffering of others (p. 102).
  2. The second condition is when you abuse your wealth after God has raised you up from a poorer condition (p. 102).
  3. The third condition is when you abuse your wealth after God has preserved your riches through difficult times (p. 103).
  4. The fourth condition is when you abuse your wealth while ignoring the prodding of your conscience (p. 103).
  5. The fifth condition is if you are abusing mercies that were previously taken away, but have not been restored to you (p. 104).
  6. The sixth condition is if you are using your wealth for selfishness rather than service (p. 104).
  7. The seventh condition is if you forget previous promises you made to God when you wealth was threatened (p. 104).
  8. The final condition is when you ignore the means of grace to help you honor God with your wealth (p. 105).
The author clearly states a sobering thought for the full Christian:  "If you still enjoy your worldly goods, despite the fact that your consciences accuse you of being guilty of greatly abusing them, it is a wonder that God has not violently torn it all away from you--or torn you away from it," (p. 103).


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"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God," (2 Cor. 3:5).