I just finished reading Thomas Watsons’ “Taking Heaven by Storm” and I must say it was a great book. I felt as though Watson pierced my heart with his words. What I wanted to do is to share some notes I took from the book with commentary where I felt inspired.
“Truth is the best flower in the churches crown” This quote made me stop and reflect on what this really means. In our culture all truth is considered relative with no absolute truth that can be expounded. The truth is not some novel concept, but it is a person and that person is Jesus Christ!
Holy violence implies 3 things:
(1) Resolution of the will – Encounter the way to heaven as a resolute commander who charges through the whole body of the army. Where there is this resolution, danger must be despised, difficulties trampled down, and terrors condemned.
(2) Vigor of affections – The affections are on fire in passionate longings for heaven.
(3) Strength of endeavor – This violence implies strength of endeavor. We must put all of our strength and call in the help of heaven to this work.
Reading and Hearing of the Word
We must provoke ourselves to the reading of the Word. Below are nine maxims for accomplishing this task:
(1) Read the Word as a book made by God Himself.
(2) Read the Word as a perfect rule of faith.
(3) When you read the Word look on it as a soul enriching treasury.
(4) Read the Word as a book of evidences.
(5) Look upon the Word as a spiritual magazine, out of which you fetch all your weapons to fight against sin and Satan.
(6) Look upon the Word as a spiritual glass to dress yourselves by.
(7) Look upon the Word as a book of spiritual remedies.
(8) Read the Word as the last will and testament of Jesus Christ.
(9) Read the Word as a book by which you must be judged.
(1) Meditate seriously upon the corruption of your own nature.
(2) Meditate seriously upon the death and passion of Christ.
(3) Meditate on your evidences for heaven.
(4) Meditate upon the uncertainty of all sublunary comforts.
(5) Meditate on God’s severity against sin.
(6) Meditate on eternal life.