‘But, I Cannot Overcome This Sin Area in My Life…’

Think of an unusually persistent sin in your life – perhaps some secret lust that lies in your heart that only you know about.  You say you cannot overcome it.  Why not?  Is it because you exalt your secret desire above the will of God?  If we are to succeed in putting sin to death, we must realize that the sin we are dealing with is none other than a continual exalting of our desire over God’s known will.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 193

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Our Peaceful Coexistence with Something God Hates

Therefore every time we sin, we are doing something that God hates.  He hates our lustful thoughts, our pride and jealousy, our outburst of temper, and our rationalization that the end justifies the means.  We need to be gripped by the fact that God hates all these things.  We become so accustomed to our sins we sometimes lapse into a state of peaceful coexistence with them, but God never ceases to hate them.

– Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness, Navpress, copyright 1978, page 32

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