Don’t Desire The World

September 18, 2010 | Categories: Church Blog, Front Page Gallery, and Puritans. Tags: desire, Jeremiah Burroughs, and worldliness.

“God did not cast us out of paradise to seek another paradise in the world. This world is troublesome, and yet it is loved; what would it be to you if it were free of trouble? You embrace the world, though it is filthy; what would you do if it were beautiful? Only heaven is above the winds, storms, tempests.” “Do not love the world or the things in the world” (1Jn.2:15).

Jeremiah Burroughs

God Preserves His Children from Evil

September 17, 2010 | Categories: Church Blog and Puritans. Tags: John Flavel and providence.

“There are two prominent ways that God breaks the power of sin in believers. One is by the operation of internal grace. ‘For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do’ (Gal.5:17). In other words, sanctification gives sin a miscarrying womb (cf. Jms.1:15) after it has conceived in the soul.

The other way that God breaks the power of sin is the external work of providence. ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose’ (Rom.8:28). The Providence of God is the great barrier and hindrance to a world of sin, which otherwise would break forth like an overflowing flood from our corrupt natures.”
John Flavel