February 2nd, 2019

the spiritual life leads to eternal life

It is in the ice cold death flow 8:54 AM Saturday morning. The sun is shining this morning but it is cold.

Carol and I both got up this morning around 5 o'clock AM. I had been awake since 3:30 AM. So we got up to face another day in the universe. I made a fresh pot of coffee and ate frozen waffles for a morning meal. After breakfast I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary.

Carol left this morning to go grocery shopping with our oldest son Caleb Jon (he is 38 years old married with two small girls). Today is Caleb's youngest daughter's birthday Cora Leigh. Carol and I will go over to Caleb and Emily's place (which is down the street) from us to celebrate Cora's birthday sometime today.

I have been this morning wandering my cell and reading from a book I got in the mail titled, 'The Spiritual Life' by Campegius Vitringa Translated And Edited By Charles K. Telfer Forword By Richard A. Muller.

So the morning goes by at a slow exhaustive pace. I am falling asleep since I got up way too early this morning. I should brush my teeth and go down into the lower level and take a nap before I fall down in a ruin heap.

Last night Carol went to bed early and I stayed up till 11:10 PM. I made a video last night for my Youtube channel and read till bedtime from the book, 'The Spiritual Life' by Campegius Vitringa.

Well I can not think of anything else to report so I will close for now.
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love for God is at the heart of the spiritual life

"The source of spiritual life is a sincere love for God that is graciously produced in a person's soul by the Holy Spirit by granting them faith in the word of grace-that is, the message of the gospel with its promises. But this one principle of faith presupposes other graces, such an illumination of the mind, a love of God, a respect for Him as Father, and obedience to Him as Lord. None of these things appears in a person except by divine grace. So although this single source of the spiritual life is simple and indivisible, it can be discussed under different names, which we will now endeavor to do.

For example, the love of God is spoken of as a source of the spiritual life. "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart" (Deut. 6:5): "And the LORD will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants that you may love Him with your entire heart" (Deut. 30:6). "He who loves Me will keep My word" (John 14:23). "Love for God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5). "The goal of the commandment is love from a pure heart, a good conscience and a sincere faith" (1 Tim. 1:5). Though the concept is sprinkled in texts throughout the Word of God, the apostle John in his first epistle presses home splendidly the idea that love for God is at the heart of the spiritual life.

Reason and experience affirm the same thing. Whenever a person reflects on his inner motivations, he feels that all is actions and even his affections are motivated by a particular desire that directs and dominates all other feelings. Is this desire and motivating influence anything other than love, the desire that each one has for whatever he considers to be good? So it is with love for God in the case of a Christian. If all our activities and affections must be regulated by the law of God, we must have within us a source principle in keeping with such affections and activities. This must be love for God. If every action of the spiritual life has glorifying God as its highest goal, how can this goal be reached except in a mind where there is a sincere affection for God and an ardent desire to glorify Him? It is precisely this desire that we call love for God. . ." pg.16,17 'The Spiritual Life' by Campegius Vitringa
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