I find to this day seven abominations in my heart:Some great things to think about. I am not sure people write like that anymore.
“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me” (Romans 7:21)
- An inclining to unbelief,
- Suddenly to forget the love and mercy that Christ manifests,
- A leaning to the works of the law, (We've talked a lot about this at OBC lately)
- Wanderings and coldness in prayer,
- To forget to watch what I pray for,
- Aptness to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse what I have, and
- I can do none of those things that God commands me without my corruptions thrusting themselves in.
These things I continually see and feel, and am afflicted and oppressed with, yet the wisdom of God does order them for my good:
- They make me abhor myself;
- They keep me from trusting my heart;
- They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness;
- They show me the necessity of flying to Jesus;
- They press me to pray unto God;
- They show me the need I have to watch and be sober; and
- They provoke me to pray unto God, through Christ, to help me and carry me through the world.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Old words, powerful words
I read this yesterday in a book by John Bunyan called Grace Abounding to the Chiefest of Sinners.