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When a soul lives in mere dependence upon God

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From Burroughs’ Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, chapter 11 (“The Excuses of a Discontented Heart”):


Perhaps God sees it is better for you to live in a continual dependence upon him,

and not to know what your condition shall be on the morrow,

than for you to have a more settled condition in terms of the creature…



So it is thus, for the world, between God and men’s souls:

when a soul lives in mere dependence upon God,

so that sensibly he sees that God has advantage of him every moment,

Oh, then such a soul will pay toll and custom,

that soul exercises faith, and begs every day his daily bread;

but if God hedges that man about with wealth, with prosperity

– perhaps an inheritance falls to him,

perhaps he has a constant office that brings in so much yearly to him duly paid –

he is not so sensible now of his dependence upon God,

and he begins now to pay less toll and custom to God than before.

God has less service from this man now than before.

God sees it better for his people to live in a dependent condition.

We are very loath in respect of God to be dependent,

we would all be independents in this way,

we would be dependent upon ourselves and have no dependence upon the Lord,

but God sees it better for us to live in a depending condition.


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April 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

That one thing of necessity

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But when the heart is taken up with the weighty things of eternity, with the great things of eternal life, the things of here below that disquieted it before are things now of no consequence to him in comparison with the other — how things fall out here is not much regarded by him [the Christian], if the one thing that is necessary is provided for.

Chapter 5, How Christ Teaches Contentment

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March 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm

the Cause as well as the effect

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(from Jeremiah Burroughs’s The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment)

A soul that is capable of God can be filled with nothing else but God; nothing but God can fill a soul that is capable of God.


Though a gracious heart knows that it is capable of God, and was made for God, carnal hearts think without reference to God. But a gracious heart, being enlarged to be capable of God, and enjoying somewhat of him, can be filled by nothing in the world; it must only be God himself. Therefore you will observe, that whatever God may give to a gracious heart, a heart that is godly, unless he gives himself it will not do. A godly heart will not only have the mercy, but the God of that mercy as well; and then a little matter is enough in the world, so be it he has the God of the mercy which he enjoys.

In Philippians 4:7,9… compare verse 7 with verse 9: “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” The peace of God shall keep your hearts. Then in verse 9: “Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” The peace of God shall keep you and the God of peace shall be with you.

Here is what I would observe from this text, That the peace of God is not enough to a gracious heart except it may have the God of that peace.  A carnal heart could be satisfied if he might but have outward peace, though it is not the peace of God; peace in the godly heart goes beyond a carnal. All outward peace is not enough; I must have the peace of God.

But suppose you have the peace of God, Will that not quiet you?

No, I must have the God of peace; as the peace of God so the God of peace.

That is,

I must enjoy that God who gives me the peace; I must have the Cause as well as the effect.


I must see from whence my peace comes, and enjoy the Fountain of my peace, as well as the stream of my peace.

And so in other mercies:

have I health from God? I must have the God of my health to be my portion, or else I am not satisfied.

It is not life, but the God of my life; it is not riches, but the God of those riches, that I must have, the God of preservation, as well as my preservation.


A gracious heart is not satisfied without this:

to have the God of the mercy, as well as the mercy.


In Psalm 73: 25, “Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon the earth that I desire beside thee?”


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February 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

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