19 January 2012

The World Cools Holy Affections

Take heed of too much pursuit after the world. The
world cools holy affections. The earth puts out the fire.

The world hindered the young man from following Christ,
"he went away sorrowful!" Whereupon, says our Savior,
"How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
Luke 18:24. Demas' piety was buried in the earth,
"Demas has forsaken me—having loved this present
world." 2 Timothy 4:10
The world so blinds men's eyes—that they do not see the
narrow way to heaven! It so fetters their feet—that they
do not run in the way of God's commandments.

Mithridates, king of Pontus, being beaten by the Romans,
and fearing he would not escape them—he caused a great
deal of silver and gold to be scattered in the way, which
while the Roman soldiers were busy gathering, he got
away from them. Satan uses a similar strategy; knowing
what tempting things riches are—he throws them as baits,
in men's way, that while they are eagerly gathering these,
he may hinder them in their pursuit of eternal happiness!

It would hinder a man to climb up a steep rock, with
heavy weights tied to his legs. Men's golden weights
hinder them in climbing up this steep rock which leads
to salvation!

A man cannot seek both Heaven and earth at the same time.
He cannot love both Christ and the world, 1 John 2:15. He
who is all on fire for the world—will be all ice for Heaven!
Take heed of engaging your affections too far in these earthly
things. Use the world as your servant—but do not follow it as
your master.
- Thomas Watson, The Christian Soldier


  1. Fine writing and very true

    That's why I love the verse that says --Proverbs 30:7-9
    "Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die:
    “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. - Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, 'Who is the LORD?' Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”

  2. @JM

    What do you do if He gives you one or the other and will not relent?

  3. Oh but God is faithful Despeville. I cry out to him to give me neither and he keeps me from both extremes because I'm learning like Paul said--- "godliness with contentment which is great gain"> He's teaching me that I have all I need in Christ even if he were to permit such extremes and I give him all the glory and honor.

    He answers my prayers and keeps me very poor, humble and lowly in spirit so that like Micah said "He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."-Micah 6:8

    That frees me up because GOD is taking care of my every need

    Hope I understood and answered your question


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