Taking Advantage of Our Natural Laziness

Indwelling sin takes advantage of our natural laziness and negligence in spiritual things, enticing us to lay aside spiritual duties one by one.  It won’t at first get God completely out of our minds.  But it will talk us into thinking of him less and less, making us think we can get by with a little less prayer, shorter or fewer private devotions – until he at last convinces us that we can get along without talking to God at all.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 116

Do This Every Day

Look to Christ’s death for power.  Look to his death in order to become like him and die to sin.  Look on him groaning under the weight of your sins, praying, bleeding and dying for you.  Apply his blood to your filth.  Do this every day.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 147

Remember, You Have No Other Option

If you ask what foundation you have to build your expectations on, remember that you have no other options.  To whom will you go?  Christ alone has the words of life (John 6:68).  Without him you can do nothing (John 15:5).  Your only strength comes from Christ dwelling in your heart by faith (Ephesians 3:16-17).  You can only put the misdeeds of the flesh to death “by the Spirit” (Romans 8:13).  And who sends and commands the Spirit but Christ?

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 145

Jesus Died to Slay the Very Lust that Entangles You

Jesus died to slay the very lust that entangles you.  In fact, it has you trapped precisely because you’re no match for it.  You may be worn and exhausted from the grief and shame of it, ready to throw up your hands and surrender to a life of sin.  But there is stored up in Christ plenty of strength to relieve you (Philippians 4:13).  In your deepest distress and anguish, consider the fullness of grace, the riches, the treasures of strength, might, and help that are stored in him for your help (John 1:16, Colossians 1:19).  Remember that “God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel” (Acts 5:31).  And if he gives repentance, then he puts to death the flesh, because there can’t be repentance without striking a blow to the flesh.  Working faith in Christ this way is how we remain in him and find his cleansing power (John 15:3; Romans 11:20)

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 143

Faith is the Only Thing that Destroys the Flesh

Faith has to be the only thing that destroys the flesh because “salvation comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).  Faith has to be the only thing that destroys the flesh because the whole work of our salvation is God’s from beginning to end.  It isn’t simply that God accepts us in Christ when we believe, then sends us off to be good little Christians on our own.  Our growth in holiness in his work too (Philippians 2:13).  The good news of Jesus is not just that we get out of hell free, but that we become like Jesus himself and are made able to live and reign with him forever in the new heaven and new earth.  And this good news is all “by faith from first to last,” from beginning to end, through and through (Romans 1:17)

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 142

Detesting Sin is not the Same as Dreading the Consequences of It

Detesting sin is not the same as dreading the consequences of it.  When you detest sin, you see it the way God does – how defiling it is.  When you dabble in the things of the world, for example, your heart takes hold of God’s judgment that “if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:13), and your heart weeps with self-hatred.  Then God consoles you with his mercy in Christ.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 136

Its God’s Sovereign Prerogative to Bestow Grace as He Pleases

It is God’s sovereign prerogative to give his grace to whom he pleases (Romans 9:18).  Even with those he has chosen to call and justify and purify, he reserves the privilege to declare peace to their conscience.  He is the “God of all comfort” (II Corinthians 1:3) who gives consolation to his children when and how he pleases.  He alone creates peace for his people who sin.  (Isaiah 57:15-19)

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 134

Our Knowledge of Him is What We Need to Kill Sin

But our knowledge of him by faith is just what we need in order to kill sin.   We know him little, but we know him truly – enough to love him more than we do, obey and trust him more than we do.  We know him gloriously more than those did who knew him before Jesus came (Hebrews 1:1-3).  We know him by the Spirit who lives in us.  And to know him is to adore him.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 130

O For a Vision of God

A vision of God like Isaiah’s (Isaiah 6:1-6) or Job’s (Job 42:5-6) or Habakkuk’s (Habakkuk 3:16) can’t be made to order.  But if we want to put sin to death in our hearts, we have to swallow the strongest doses of God’s terrible majesty we can.  We find them in our meditations on the Word.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 128

What Jesus Is

Jesus is the Pearl of Great Price, for which you should sell everything to buy.  Jesus is the Treasure hidden in a field.  Jesus is your Defender and Advocate, who kneels before the Father to pray for you.  Jesus is the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.  Jesus is the Desired of the nations.  Jesus is the Friend of sinners, the Lover of your soul.  Jesus is the Rising Sun, the Star of the Morning. Jesus is the Radiance of God’s Glory.  Jesus gives himself to all who love him with first-love fire.

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 120-121