Take Heed of Strange Fire

The temple had a fire burning on the altar; take heed of strange fire. But keep the fire of zeal and devotion flaming upon the altar of your heart; do temple work and offer up the sacrifice of a broken heart. When the heart is a consecrated place, a holy of holies, then God will walk there. Many a man’s heart is a pest-house, a bedlam, being polluted with sin. This is to put swine into God’s temple! This is to let the devil come into God’s temple! David’s heart was a dedicated temple (Psalm 119:38). ~ Sermon, The Spiritual Watch

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Zeal in the Worship of the True God

The Jews did not spare any cost in their idolatrous worship. No, they ‘cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech’ (Jer. 32:35). They were so zealous in their idol worship that they would sacrifice their sons and daughters to their false gods. How far the purblind heathen went in their false zeal! When the tribunes of Rome complained that they wanted gold in their treasuries to offer to Apollo, the Roman matrons plucked off their chains of gold and rings and bracelets and gave them to the priests to offer up sacrifice. Were these so zealous in their sinful worship, and will you not be zealous in the worship of the true God? “The Godly Man’s Picture” pgs. 117-118

God is a Spectator of Men’s Wickedness

Would men go after strange flesh if they believe God was spectator of their wickedness, and would make them do penance in hell for it? Would they defraud in their dealings, and use false weights, if they thought God saw them, and for making their weights lighter would make their damnation heavier. Viewing ourselves as under the eye of God’s omniscience, would cause reverence in the worship of God. God sees the frame and carriage of our hearts when we come before Him. How would this call in our straggling thoughts? How would it animate and spirit duty? It would make us put fire to the incense. “The tribes instantly served God day and night” (Acts 26:7), with utmost zeal and intenseness of spirit. To think God is in this place would add wings to prayer, and oil to the flame of our devotion. “A Body of Divinity” pgs. 58-59