Saturday, June 5, 2010

To follow God fully!

Part II of The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit (Burroughs, Jeremiah. The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit: Delivered in a Treatise on Numbers 14:24. Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1995. Print.) is entitled A Gracious Spirit Follows God Fully. The first chapter of Part II carries the titles "What Is It For a Man to Follow God Fully". This was an excellent chapter, probably the chapter I enjoyed the most. There are numerous great quotes and excerpts throughout. The majority of the chapter focuses on the following statement: "What the soul that is willing to follow the Lord fully will do".

To examine just what it is that the fully-following soul will do, Burroughs gives us 10 descriptions:
  1. It is willing to follow the Lord in difficult duties, when it must put the flesh to it, in duties that require pains and much labor, that cannot be done without some hard things attending on them.
  2. Again, one who follows God fully will follow Him in discountenanced duty.
  3. Yet further, one who is willing to follow God fully in all duties will follow Him in those where he sees no reason but the bare command of God.
  4. Yet further, the soul that is willing to follow God in all duties will follow Him in commandments that are accounted little commandments.
  5. Last, not to instance in any more particulars, the soul that follows God in all duties is willing to follow Him in duties wherein it must go alone.
  6. To follow Christ is to go to Mount Calvary where He is to suffer as well as to that mount we read about in Isaiah 25:6 where the Lord makes His people "a feast of fat things, a feast of wines, a feast of fat things full of marrow."
  7. To follow God is to follow Him only, so as to be willing to dedicate and devote whatever God lets us still enjoy to God alone.
  8. The soul then follows God fully when it carries through the work it undertakes against all discouragements and hindrances.
  9. One who follows God fully is willing to engage and bind himself to God by the most full and strong bonds and engagements that can be.
  10. To follow God fully is t abide in all these constantly to the ends of our days.

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