Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Be Dead to the Profits, Pleasures, Honors, and Applause of the World

One lesson that you are to learn by the rod of affliction, is to get more weaned and more mortified affections to all worldly comforts, contentments, and enjoyments.

A man never comes to experience so much of . . .
the emptiness,
the nothingness,
the uselessness,
the vanity,
the mutability,
the impotency,
the insufficiency,
the uncertainty
of all worldly comforts and enjoyments--as when he falls under the rod of affliction. The constant cry of the rod is, "Be dead to the profits, pleasures, honors, and applauses of the world! Be dead to everything below a living Jesus!"

Thomas Brooks, "The Privy Key of Heaven" 1665 (from Grace Gems)

3 Comments:

At Tuesday, August 29, 2006 12:37:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

This is good stuff. David thanked the Lord for afflicting him, so that he could learn better to obey His law.

 
At Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:48:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

Amen to this post Doug. Sounds something like this post at windows to my soul
http://haloscan.com/tb/nursewriter/115694823113516837

 
At Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:49:00 PM, Blogger Barnabas said...

Sounds much like the article on Dallas Willard in the current edition of Christianity Today. I'm sure they'll post the article online soon:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/main/current.html

 

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