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Books

I just got a bunch of new books. Actually they are old books. I got them while packing up the office of my friends father, a pastor. I must say that this is the most excited that I have been in a long time. Why is this so? I like the way they smell, especially old ones. I have been know to dive into dumpsters, scavenge estate sales, and anything else I can do to get my hands on them. I generally don't buy or read new books, and try to not buy ones that were first published before 1945. Don't ask why that date. It is just some arbitrary date I picked. Does anyone else have such a bizarre love affair with the books. I especially love the puritans, and others. Is my stock piling books some sort of idol worship? Am I depriving other people of the book that might change their life, and all it does is sit on my shelf? I have such a dilemma with myself. Is this a healthy habit? Or should I just read them and then give them away. I have gotten rid of some, keeping on…

The Problem

'I fear there are some who preach with the view of amusing men, and as long as people can be gathered in crowds, and their ears can be tickled, and they can retire pleased with what they have heard, the orator is content, and folds his hands, and goes back self-satisfied. But Paul did not lay himself out to please the public and collect the crowd. If he did not save them he felt that it was of no avail to interest them. Unless the truth had pierced their hearts, affected their lives, and made new men of them, Paul would have gone home crying, "Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?"...

Now observe, brethren, if I, or you, or any of us, or all of us, shall have spent our lives merely in amusing men, or educating men, or moralizing men, when we shall come to give our account at the last great day we shall be in a very sorry condition, and we shall have but a very sorry record to render; for of what avail will it be to a man to be educate…

How Do We Do It?

In my previous post I talked about how I cannot change myself. My memorizing scripture, being in a fellowship of believers, and time in prayer will not make a difference if I try to do it myself. Many times in my life I have been faced with a temptation and then I quote a scripture, or 2 or 3, and then I go ahead and give into it. Then I just feel worse. This is because I trust in myself. There is nor formula I can do that will solve things. Then there is this verse

Galatians 5:16
But this I say to you, walk in the spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

When I read this, I realized Christ set me free from the trap of formulism. Then I started looking for how to walk in the Spirit. There must be a formula for it. I fell back into what I had just been delivered from. Is walking in the spirit simply trusting Him? Is that all there is to it? Maybe. Actually, walking in the spirit and trying to do it myself look much the same. Both are characterized by disci…