We return again to chapter 7 (“Help in the Daily Battle”) of Jerry Bridges’s The Pursuit of Holiness for today’s quote. Here Bridges discusses the work of the Spirit in our active growth in holiness as well as the dangers of spiritual blindness and pride for Christians.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us to holiness first by enabling us to see our need of holiness. He enlightens our understanding so that we begin to see God’s standard of holiness. Then he causes us to become aware of our specific areas of sin. One of Satan’s most powerful weapons is making us spiritually blind—unable to see our sinful character. (p.72, 1996 edition)
Even Christians taking in the teaching of the Bible can be deceived about their own sins. We somehow feel that consent to the teaching of Scripture is equivalent to obedience. We may hear a point of application in a sermon, or perhaps discover it in our own personal Bible reading or study. We say, “Yes, that is true; that is something I need to act on.” But we let it drop at that point. James says when we do that, we deceive ourselves (James 1:22).
As we grow in the Christian life we face increasing danger of spiritual pride. We know the correct doctrines, the right methods and the proper do’s and don’ts. But we may not see the poverty of our own spiritual character. We may not see our critical and unforgiving spirit, our habit of backbiting, or our tendency to judge others. (p.72, 1996 edition)
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