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Reflecting on Hebrews 11:24–25, Jeremiah Burroughs ponders how Moses relinquished his noble and comfortable rights as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter to find greater honor as a suffering son of Abraham. Burroughs explains how Christians are called to deny all honors, privileges, and delights for the sake of Christ. He also shows how God is especially honored when we forgo selfish desires at a time when they seem most advantageous to us.
You will benefit greatly to see how faith acts to transform losses caused by self-denial into true honor. This is an insightful, practical book—a helpful antidote for our natural selfishness.
Table of Contents:
To the Christian Reader
From the Author
1. All Honors and Delights Are to Be Denied for Christ
2. External Honor and Nobility Are to Be Denied
3. All Delights Are to Be Denied for Christ
4. We Must Deny All Worldly Pleasures and Preferments in the Very Prime of Our Time, When We Have Opportunity to Enjoy Them to the Fullest
5. Proof that Our Profession of Religion Is Sincere
6. Use of Comfort
7. Use of Reproof
8. Use of Instruction
9. Faith Is the Operative Principle
10. Six More Particulars Wherein the Power of Faith Is Seen in Taking the Heart Off from the World and Carrying It Through All Afflictions
11. Most Men Are Strangers to This Precious Faith, and the Trial Thereof Discovered
12. No Wonder That Men of Great Parts, Lacking Faith, Fall Away from Christ and Betray His Cause
13. The Difference between the Heat of Men's Own Resolutions and the True Heat of the Heart by Faith in Suffering for Christ
14. How to Know Where the Root or Principle from Whence All that We Do or Suffer Comes
15. Comfort to Those Who Have True Faith
16. The Means to Maintain and Strengthen Our Faith
"Every new believer, upon first reading the Gospels, is gripped by Jesus' stark calls for self-denial. Yet self-denial, biblically framed, is not mere asceticism; it is an exchange of our sin-riddled wills for a higher, better, and purer will. Jeremiah Burroughs has served us well through this book by providing a needed corrective for a church tempted to value pleasures, honors, and wealth more than Christ. He asks, 'What is my honor...my life, so long as God may be glorified?' He adds, 'If God's honor is not precious in my eyes, what makes me think my honor will be precious in His?' Burroughs points us to the source of true delight, God Himself. I am pleased to heartily recommend this book, praying that it will challenge your soul as it has mine."
- Phillip Simpson, author of A Life of Gospel Peace: A Biography of Jeremiah Burroughs
"Reader, if you would have two heavens-to live in heaven on earth and go to heaven at death-study this book of self-denial."
- William Greenhill (1598-1671), Puritan minister and friend of Jeremiah Burroughs