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

The Evil Desire Within

The evil desire within us constantly searches for occasions to express itself.  It is like a radar system whose antenna is constantly scanning the environment for temptations to which it can respond.

– Bridges, Jerry; The Disciplined of Grace:God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness; NavPress; Colorado Springs; copyright 1994; p. 204

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

These Require Strong Resolutions

Frequently renew settled and holy resolutions.  A soldier unresolved to fight may easily be defeated…The weakness of our graces, the strength of our temptations, and the diligence of our spiritual enemies, require strong resolutions.

– Stephen Charnock

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. 149