Rattles and baubles
How to conquer the world!
(Thomas Brooks, "The
Unsearchable Riches of Christ")
Perhaps the world—the smiling world or the frowning
the tempting world or the persecuting world—lies as a
stone or burden upon your heart, as it does upon the
of thousands in these days; (witness their attempting
to get the favors, honors and riches of this world!
many have turned their backs upon God, and Christ,
truth, etc., to gain the world!) How will you get this
burden off? Only by exercise of faith.
Many men hear sermons much—and yet remain worldly. They
may pray like angels—and yet live as if there were no heaven
nor hell. They will talk much of heaven—and yet those who are
spiritual and wise, smell their breath to stink strong of earth.
All their endeavors can never cure
them of this soul-killing
disease—until faith breaks forth in
its glorious actings. A man
may hear sermons and pray many
years—and yet remain as
carnal, base, and worldly as
ever! There is
no way under
heaven to remove this burden—but the exercise of faith!
"For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is
the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who
believes that Jesus is the Son of God." 1 John 5:4-5
Faith presents the world to the soul under all those notions
which the Scripture holds forth the world unto us by. The
Scripture holds forth the world as an impotent thing, as a
mixed thing, as a mutable thing, as a momentary thing.
Now faith comes and sets this home with power upon the
soul—and this takes the soul off from the world.
Faith causes the soul to converse with those more glorious,
soul-satisfying, soul-delighting, and soul-contenting objects.
Now when faith is busied and exercised about soul-ennobling,
soul-greatening, soul-raising, and soul-cheering objects—a
Christian tramples the world under his feet! In Hebrews 11,
it was the exercise of faith and hope upon noble and glorious
objects—which carried them above the world—above the
smiling world, and above the frowning world, above the
tempting world, and above the persecuting world!
Faith conquers the world, by assuring the soul of enjoying of
better things. Men may talk much of heaven, and of Christ,
and religion, etc.; but give me a man who does really and
clearly live under the power of divine faith—and I cannot see
how such a one can be carried out in an inordinate love to
these poor transitory things.