The Problem With Our Ignorance

Ignorance is rooted in hardness, not the other way around.  Therefore we are not excused.  The problem with our ignorance of God’s beauty is not innocent unawareness, but culpable hardness.  Our hardness is our deadness, and our deadness makes us unable to submit to the command, Love the Lord with all your heart.

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 50

Meditating on God With God as a Defense Against the Flesh

Fill your mind with thoughts of God’s character, glory, majesty, love, beauty, and goodness – but not abstractly and impersonally, as you might contemplate a textbook description of photosynthesis.  Speak to God as you contemplate him, humbling your soul before him, adoring and admiring him, delighting in him and giving him the glory.  Make your meditations into the worship of the psalmist (Psalm 8:1)

– Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, copyright 1998, page 71-72