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The captivating power of indwelling sin, wherein it consisteth. The prevalency
of sin, when from itself, when from temptation. The rage and madness that
is in sin
Indwelling sin proved powerful from its deceit. Proved to be deceitful. The
general nature of deceit. James i. 14. opened. How the mind is drawn off
from its duty by the deceitfulness of sin. The principal duties of the mind in
our obedience. The ways and means whereby it is turned from it
The deceit of sin in drawing off the mind from a due attendance unto especial
duties of obedience, instanced in meditation and prayer.
The deceit of sin in drawing off the mind from its attendance unto particular
duties farther discovered. Several things required in the mind of believers,
with respect unto particular duties of obedience. The actings of sin in a way
of deceit, to divert the mind from them
The working of sin by deceit to entangle the affections. The ways whereby it
is done. Means of their prevention
The conception of sin through its deceit. Wherein it consisteth. The consent
of the will unto sin. The nature thereof. Ways and means whereby it is
obtained. Other advantages made use of by the deceit of sin. Ignorance.
Several ways whereby the bringing forth of conceived sin is obstructed
The power of sin farther demonstrated by the effects it hath had in the lives of
professors. First, in actual sins. Secondly, in habitual declensions
Decays in degrees of grace caused by indwelling sin. The ways of its preva-
lency to this purpose ·
The strength of indwelling sin, manifested from its power and effects in persons
The strength of sin evidenced from its resistance unto the power of the law
ΦΡΟΝΗΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΑΤΟΣ; OR, THE GRACE AND DUTY OF BEING
A particular account of the nature of this grace and duty of being spiritually
minded. How it is stated in, and evidenced by, our thoughts
Outward means and occasions of thoughts of such spiritual things, which do not
prove men to be spiritually minded. Preaching of the word. Exercise of
gifts. Prayer. How we may know whether our thoughts of spiritual things
in prayer are truly spiritual thoughts, proving us to be spiritually minded.. 233
Other evidences of thoughts about spiritual things, arising from an internal prin-
ciple of grace, whereby they are an evidence of our being spiritually minded.
The abounding of these thoughts, how far, and wherein, such an evidence.. 253
The objects of spiritual thoughts, or what they are conversant about, evidencing
them in whom they are to be spiritually minded. Rules directing unto
steadiness in the contemplation of heavenly things. Motives to fix our
thoughts with steadiness in them
Directions unto the exercise of our thoughts on things above; things future, in-
visible and eternal; on God himself, with the difficulties of it, and oppositions
unto it, and the way of their removal. Right notions of future glory stated 294
Especial objects of spiritual thoughts on the glorious state of heaven, and what
belongs thereunto. First, of Christ himself. Thoughts of heavenly glory, in
opposition unto thoughts of eternal misery. The use of such thoughts. Ad-
vantage in sufferings..
Spiritual thoughts of God himself. The opposition unto them and neglect of
them, with their causes and the way of their prevalency. Predominant cor-
ruptions expelling due thoughts of God, how to be discovered, &c. Thoughts
of God, of what nature, and what they are to be accompanied withal, &c... 318
What of God or in God we are to think and meditate upon. His being; rea-
sons of it; opposition to it; the way of their conquest. Thoughts of the om-
nipresence and omniscience of God, peculiarly necessary. The reasons hereof.
As also of his omnipotency. The use and benefit of such thoughts..............
Sundry things tendered unto such as complain that they know not how, that
they are not able, to abide in holy thoughts of God, and spiritual or heavenly
things, for their relief, instruction, and direction. Rules concerning stated
PART II. CHAP. XI.
The seat of spiritual mindedness in the affections. The nature and use of them.
The ways and means used by God himself, to call the affections of men from
What is required in, and unto, our affections, that they may be spiritual, A
threefold work on the affections described
The work of the renovation of our affections. How differenced from any other
impression on, or change wrought in, them, and how it is evidenced so to be.
The first instance in the universality accompanying of affections spiritually
renewed. The order of the exercise of our affections with respect unto their
The second difference between affections spiritually renewed and those who have
been only changed by light and conviction. Grounds and reasons of men's
delight in duties of divine worship, and of their diligence in their perform-
ance whose minds are not spiritually minded...
Delight of believers in the holy institutions of divine worship. The grounds and
reasons thereof. The evidence of being spiritually minded thereby, &c.
Assimilation unto things heavenly and spiritual in affections spiritually renewed.
This assimilation the work of faith: how, and whereby. Reasons of the want
of growth in our spiritual affections as unto this assimilation.
Decays in spiritual affections, with the causes and dangers of them. Advice
unto them who are sensible of the evil of spiritual decays
The state of spiritual affections when they are daily exercised and improved.
Their pattern, rule, and measure of attainment..
Inquiry into the true notion and consideration of spiritual things which renders
them the object of spiritual affectations, and causes them to cleave to them
with delight and complacency•••
The way of the soul's application of itself, and adherence unto, spiritual objects,
by its affections
How being spiritually minded is life and peace