Notes on Mortification (34)

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

Think of how you sustain the loss of communion with God by your idol, or un-mortified corruption. Samson clung to Delilah and lost both his eyes, his freedom, and finally his life, but the departing of the Spirit of the Lord was the saddest of all. By letting the king of your lusts live you hazard your crown of glory, at least you have little of heaven on earth. Tell me, Christian, when was you last in heaven? It may not have been for many days; and don’t you know what keeps you out? It is a sad word, “they are all estranged from me through their idols” (Ezekiel 14:5). Yes, often prevailing sin, blotting out the impression, and sometimes the remembrance of that comforting sweetness that the soul had in his company, begets some satisfaction in this dreadful state of distance from God, your idols of jealousy separate you from your best Friend. By this means you wear out the intimacy, if not your acquaintance; may be, for many days you don’t make a visit to heaven, and if at any time the Lord come to you, you are not available, too busy entertaining your idols. You have no sense of these things? I don’t need to tell you of the mournful and rueful complaint of many souls, ah it was well with me till such and such a time. O how many good days I had! What heaven on earth I had! What communion with God in prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and other ordinances! Till I began to dally with such an idol, till such a corruption began to get power over me. Distance from God and indisposition to duty, grows more in one day, than you can make up or wear out in many days.

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