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A remedy for wandering thoughts in the worship of God

Author: Richard Steele; Don Kistler
Publisher: Harrisonburg, Va. : Sprinkle Publications, 1988.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Steele; Don Kistler
OCLC Number: 17885017
Notes: "Foreword to Steele's Remedy" by Don Kistler.
"First published in the year 1673."
Originally published under title: An antidote against distractions, or, An endeavour to serve the church, in the daily case of wanderings in the worship of God.
Description: xii, 239 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: I. The text explained --
the doctrine proposed, and a distraction described --
1. The explication of the text --
2. A distraction described --
II. The kinds of distractions --
1. Their several fountains --
The devil --
The mind --
The fancy --
The outward senses --
2. By the matter whereof they consist --
Being good, indifferent, bad --
3. By the adjuncts of them --
III. That it is our duty to attend upon the Lord without distractions, proved --
1. From the possibility of it, by four arguments --
2. From the necessity of it --
To the being of a duty --
To comfort in a duty --
To the prosperity of a duty --
To communion with Christ in a duty --
IV. Reasons why we ought to attend on the Lord without distractions --
1. From the nature of God --
His greatness --
His holiness --
His omniscience --
2. From the nature of his worship --
Being reasonable --
Being spiritual --
Being sweet --
3. From the nature of our condition --
We cannot live without God --
Our ordinary way of communion with God is by ordinances --
All our heart and strength is too little for this work --
4. From the nature of distractions --
They divide the heart --
They frustrate the duty --
They contract more guilt --
V. Objections answered --
1. Its impossibility --
2. Its difficulty --
3. Their commonness --
4. God's accepting the will for the deed --
VI. The causes of distractions, with their remedies --
1. Secret atheism --
A remedy thereof --
2. The corruption of our nature --
Its remedy --
3. Unpreparedness to holy duties --
A case of conscience answers, viz. what measure of preparation is necessary before our ordinary duties of worship --
4. Lukewarmness --
Its remedies --
5. Worldly-mindedness --
Its remedy --
6. Weakness of love to Christ and his ordinances --
Its remedies --
7. Want of watchfulness --
Before duties --
In duties --
After duties --
The remedy thereof --
8. A beloved sin --
Its remedies --
9. Satan --
A remedy --
10. Vain thoughts at other times --
These displease and disengage the Spirit of God --
These dispose and naturalize the soul to these thoughts --
These discourage us to the conquest, and encourage us to the sin --
These infect the memory --
THese provoke God to give us up --
The remedies hereof --
11. A divided heart, in four respects --
Its remedy --
12. An opinion that there is no great evil in them --
Its remedy VII. The evil of distractions --
In their nature: --
1. They are sins against the first table --
2. They are heart-sins --
3. They are sins in the special presence of God --
4. They are sins about the most serious business --
5. They are sins of hypocrisy --
6. They alienate the heart fro holy duties --
They affront the majesty of God --
They hinder the benefits of a holy duty --
They deprive the soul of comfort --
They grieve away the Holy Ghost --
VIII. The cure of distractions --
1. Dispel the causes --
2. Bewail your former failings herein --
3. Engage the Spirit of God in your assistance --
4. Believe in the presence of God --
5. Lay a law upon your senses --
Whispering during the worship of God --
6. Reflection and ejaculation --
7. Strength of grace --
How it should be gotten --
IX. Encouragements under the burden of distractions --
1. They may exist with grace --
2. Your case is not singular --
3. Christ's intercession is without distraction --
4. Distractions may make us humble --
5. God can make some sense out of such prayers --
6. There is grace and strength in Christ to help against them --
7. A perfect riddance of them is the happiness of heaven --
X. Inferences from this doctrine --
1. We have cause to mourn over our best duties --
2. Omission of duty is dangerous --
3. The grand necessity of watchfulness --
Particularly in prayer --
Hearing God's word --
Reading --
Singing psalms --
Meditation --
4. Great cause to bless God for freedom from distractions --
5. That religion is an inward, difficult, and serious business.
Other Titles: Antidote against distractions
Responsibility: by Richard Steele.

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