It Involves Conflict in the Heart and Life of a Christian

The presence of sin in the believer involves conflict in his heart and life.  If there is remaining, indwelling sin, there myst be the conflict which Paul described in Romans 7:14ff.  It is futile to argue that this conflict is not normal.  If there is still sin to any degree in one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, then there is tension, yes, contradiction, within thehear of that person.  Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more confirmed he is to the image of his Savior, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God.  The deeper his apprehension of the majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his yearning for the attainment of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, the more conscious will he be of the gravity of the sin which remains and the more poignant will be his detestation of it.

– John Murray

as quoted byBridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 101

There Will Always Be Conflict

Because sanctification is a process, there will always be conflict within us between the “flesh”, or the sinful nature, and the Holy Spirit.  This is the conflict descibed by Paul in Galatians 5:17.  He elaborated on this struggle in greater detail in Romans 7:14-25.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 100

Bible Memorization is Fundamental to Spiritual Formation

Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation.  If I had choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible Memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our mind with what it needs.  This book of the law shall not depart out of our mouth.  THat’s where you need it!  How does it get in your mouth?  Memorization!

– Dallas Willard

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– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; Crossway; Wheaton, Ill.; copyright  2004; p. 119

Simply Because It Is His Will

Not only did Jesus do the will of the Father, not only was that His whole goal in life, but Psalm 40:8 tells us that He delighted o do the will of the Father.  To become like Jesus, then, is to come to the place where we delight to do the will of God, however sacrificial or unpleasant that will may seem to us at the time, simply because it is His will.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 99

We Often Only Hate the Consequences of Sin

How can we know whether we are being transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ?  We begin by studying His character.  One of my favorite descriptions of Christ is that He “loved righteousness and hated wickedness” (Hebrews 1:9).  Jesus did not just act righteously, He loved righteousness.  In His humanity He loved equity, fairness, justice, and upright dealings with others.  At the same time He hated wickedness.  Jesus hated sin as sin.  We often hate the consequences of sin (even if it seems to be no more than the guilt feelings that follow sin), but I suspect we seldom hate sin as sin.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 98-99