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Reading books will transform us



A quote from my personal diary June 1, 2016-

". . . It is 2:46 PM-in my last video I said that when I read I know that there is a danger of becoming worldly minded-I told people in my video that I read my Christian books in the mornings and my secular books/non-Christian books in the afternoon. I have been thinking if that is absolutely true-one can be worldly minded while reading a spiritual book-a Christian book-also I am not two people-I do not have two brains-one Christian and one non-Christian brain-

What I should have said-communicated is that I read to have fellowship-contact with the Lord Jesus-I am in a state of fellowship-communion. What I should have said is that I like to read books All kind of books-but certain books nourish my relationship with God-certain books cause me to focus on spiritual realities, which I enjoy being aware of intellectually/spiritually-with my mind and affections/heart-Every book we read takes us someplace intellectually-a fantasy novel-a science fiction-comic book-fiction-non-fiction-books transport us to someplace us-take us outside of ourselves.

What we set our minds on-what we feed on intellectually does effect us-changes us-transforms us. Books open us up to other worlds-realities-For me I want to be in the realm of the Holy Spirit-I want to be transformed by glazing on divine realities/gospel realities-I believe when I read and study the Bible I am being changed-transformed more and more into the image of Christ Jesus-also I read to obtain wisdom-holy wisdom-books guide us-give us direction-point the way down the road of life.

I personally need to have the Lord Jesus active in my life all the time if I am to survive living in this world-I look to the Lord for strength to live each day-wisdom-grace-direction-I want to be godly-I want to be pleasing to the Lord in all my ways-thoughts.

Now you can see the tension-I am always feeling tension-pulled in two different directions-the way of the flesh, the world, and the devil-there is a constant spiritual battle going on for my mind-attention.

I do not want to spend my short life filling my mind-time with stuff that will not enable me to grow spiritually-develop a Christ-life mind-First Corinthians 2:ff "For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ" I Corinth. 2:16.

"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace" Romans 8:5,6.

"For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" Phil. 3:20

In this BookTube video I read from a Puritan reprint titled, "A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness" by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646)-in this volume is another treatise by Burroughs titled, "A Heavenly Conversation" text Phil 3:20 "...for our conversation is in heaven.". I read from this treatise Chapter 6 'How the Saints Have their Conversation in Heaven, Opened in Nine Particular' pg. 93-

"Thirdly, their conversation are in heaven. Though they live in the world, they have communion with the God of heaven above in the whole course of their lives. In 1 John 1, you have divers excellent expressions about our communion with God. In the 3rd verse, That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us, and truly, our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. And then, in another Scripture, we read of the communion of the Holy Ghost. There is communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Now what makes heaven to be heaven, but God? We say where the King is, there is the court. Where God is, there is heaven, let God be where He will.

There is some controversy among some as to where the saints shall be after the resurrection. Some think it shall be here still, with all the glory that the Scripture speaks of. It is no great matter where it is, just so it is where God is. Those that have communion with God are in heaven, they have their conversation in heaven. It is that which is the life of the saints, their communion with God. Your life is to have communion with the creature, that is, for you to close with the contents of the creature. The faculty that is in any man to taste anything, or to have any delight in anything in this world, when there is an object suitable to that faculty, that is communion with the creature. For example, a drunkard has a kind of communion with his lewd company, to please his senses for awhile. There's all the communion he has. But what a different conversation is this, for one merely to please his senses with meat or drink for a little while, and another to have communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! The saints in this world not an imaginary, but a real communion withe the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

"Communion," you will say, "what's that?" By communion with God we mean the acting of the soul upon God, and receiving the influence of the goodness, love, and mercy of God into the soul. When there is a mutual acting of the soul upon God and God upon the soul, there is a mutual embracing and opening of hearts one to the other, for the satisfying of one another spirit's. It is when friends have communion with one another, that is, when one acts for the comfort of the other. So communion with God is the mutual acting of the soul upon God, and God upon the soul in return. The saints see the face of God and God delights in the face of the saints. They let out their hearts to God and God lets out His heart to them. . ." Jeremiah Burroughs
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