1 Corinthians 3:18 and 4:1, 1 Corinthians 4:8, 1 Samuel 24:7, 2 Corinthians 4:17, 2 Corinthians 9:10, anger, Biblical Counseling, Brief Directions Onto a Godly Life, Ephesians 3:19, Faith, Hebrews 12:1, ignorance, James 1:3, Job 16:33, Joshua 1:9, Matthew 10:28, Paul Bayne, Paul Baynes, Philippians 1:28, Pride, Proverbs 18:12, Psalm 119:12, Psalm 30:5, Puritan, Revelation 3:17, Romans 3:17, Sloth, worldliness
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CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: UNMORTIFIED AFFECTIONS HINDER GODLINESS
The second kind of general hinderances are the unmortified affections wherewith believers are oppressed. Concerning which in general, it will be profitable for everyone to mark what he is most encumbered and most easily overcome by, and by what occasions he is readiest drawn to them; that he may the more diligently and wisely labor to prevail against them.
Fear and Its Remedy
In particular, one kind is fear and doubt of preserving by means of affliction. This does easily take all the weak ones; therefore the Scripture forewarns of it. Matthew 10:28, Philippians 1:28, Job 16:33. This, if it does prevail, cannot but enfeeble utterly the powers of their minds; and so withhold the instruments of the body practicing well any kind of duty.
The remedy of it must be sought for in Scripture. Psalm 30:5, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Hebrews 12:1, 2 Corinthians 9:10, James 1:3.
Youth is the time of getting,
middle age of improving,
and old age of spending;
a negligent youth is usually attended by
an ignorant middle
and both by an empty old age.
He that hath nothing to feed on but vanity and lies
must needs lie down in a bed of sorrow.
We cannot know. Ecclesiastes looks squarely at the reality of life:
16 When I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done on earth, how neither day nor night do one’s eyes see sleep,
17 then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
This is reality. Yet “the message of Ecclesiastes seems to be that the wise individual will learn how to accept such realities and live happily in the knowledge that there is someone who really does comprehend the reasons for the apparent inequities and who sovereignly controls life’s enigmatic twists and turns.” William Barrick, Ecclesiastes.
Thus in courage we can walk by sight:
4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened-not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
2 Cor. 5:4-9