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Friday, November 23, 2007

Be Acquainted With The Whole Range Of Sensual Desires

The following is from a message by Richard Baxter entitled, "The Sinfulness of Flesh-Pleasing

"Be acquainted with the whole range of sensual desires, and pay attention to them, and watch them in all their extravagances. Otherwise, while you are stopping one gap, they will be running out at many more. I will here briefly set some before your eyes:

1. Watch your appetites as to food and drink--both quantity and quality. Gluttony is a common sin. The flesh enslaves men most--by the appetite; as we see in drunkards and gluttons.

2. Take heed of the lust of uncleanness, and all degrees of it, and approaches to it; especially immodest embraces and behavior.

3. Take heed of ribald, filthy talk, and love songs, and of such sensuous snares.

4. Take heed of too much sleep and idleness.

5. Take heed of taking too much delight in your riches and lands, your buildings, and delectable conveniences.

6. Take heed lest honors, or worldly greatness, or men's applause--become too great a pleasure to you.

7. And take heed lest the success and prosperity of your affairs do too much please you--as the rich fool.

8. Take heed of an inordinate pleasure in your children, relations, or nearest friends.

9. Take heed of a delight in vain, unprofitable, sinful company.

10. Take heed of fineness of apparel--to set you out to the eyes of others.

11. Take heed of a delight in romances, novels, useless news--which corrupt the mind, and waste your time.

12. Take heed of a delight in any recreations which are excessive, needless, devouring time, discomposing the mind, enticing to further sin, hindering any duty--especially our delight in God. They are miserable souls, who delight themselves in such unprofitable things--as cards, and dice, and theaters, and immodest dancing."
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