Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Owen: hot and cold

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
    —Judges 21:25 (KJV)
    Common experience declares... how momentary and how useless are those violent fits and gusts of endeavours which proceed from fear and uncertainty, both in things spiritual and temporal, or civil. Whilst men are under the power of actual impressions from such fears, they will convert to God, yea, they will [turn in a moment], and perfect their holiness in an instant; but so soon as that impression wears off (as it will do on every occasion, and upon none at all) such persons are as dead and cold towards God as the lead or iron, which ran but now in a fiery stream, is when the heat is departed from it.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), V.2 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 603 (see the book)
    See also Judg. 21:25; Pr. 18:9; Rom. 12:11; Heb. 5:11-14; 6:10-20; 2 Pet. 1:10-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send Your grace, to keep my mind and heart focused on Your will.
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