Paul’s Guidelines to the Corinthian Church for Being Watchful

Knowing that our heats are deceitful by nature (Jeremiah 17:9), we should be especially watchful that they do not turn our liberty into license.  How then can we watch in this area of Christian freedom?  Paul gave some specific guidelines to the Corinthian believers who were asserting their freedom in Christ (I Corinthians 6:12; 10:23-24)

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 212

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The Evil Ways of Little Sins

Greater sins do sooner startle the soul, and awaken and rouse up the soul to repentance, than lesser sins do.  Little sins often slide into the soul and breed, and work secretly and indiscernibly in the soul, till they come to be so strong, as to trample upon the soul and to cut the throat of the soul.

– Thomas Brooks

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 210

What Diligence and Watchfulness We Should Have!

When we realize a constant enemy of the soul abides within us, what diligence and watchfulness we should have!  How woeful is the sloth and negligence then of so many who live blind and asleep to this reality of sin.  There is an exceeding efficacy and power in the indwelling sin of believers, for it constantly inclines itself towards evil.  We need to be awake, then, if our hearts would know the ways of God.  Our enemy is not only upon us, as it was with Samson, but it is also in us.

– John Owen

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 208

These Little Things, Avoided, Adds up to Much

The avoidance of little evils, little sins, little inconsistencies, little weaknesses, little follies, little indiscretions and imprudences, little foibles, little indulgences of self and of the flesh, little acts of indolence or indecision or slovenliness or cowardice, little equivocations or aberrations from high integrity, little touches of shabbiness and meanness, …little indifferences to the feelings or wishes of other, little outbreaks of temper, or crossness, or selfishness, or vanity – the avoidance of such little  things as these goes far to make up at least the negative beauty of a holy life.

– Horatius Bonar

as quoted by Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 209

We Need to Study Ourselves

Each of us is exposed to a number of temptations.  We should study both ourselves and our situations to identify those areas where we are, or may be, especially vulnerable, then determine how we can best guard against them.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 207

No Iceberg Infested Sea Was More Dangerous than our Society Today

Over time the world tends to wear down our resistance to sin.  Values and practices that were at one time recognized as sinful become acceptable to us simply because our otherwise nice, decent neighbors hold those values.  No iceberg infested sea was ever more dangerous than the society in which we live every day.  It is the height of folly, then, not to watch against the temptations of the world.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 203