One of the themes to which Jerry Bridges repeatedly returns in his book The Pursuit of Holiness is the relationship between God’s work and our work in pursuing holiness. In our quote for today, from Chapter 7 (“Help in the Daily Battle”), Bridges writes again about this relationship.
Only one who has a strong desire to be holy will ever persevere in the painfully slow and difficult task of pursuing holiness. There are too many failures. The habits of our old nature and the attacks of Satan are too strong for us to persevere unless the Holy Spirit is at work in us to create a desire for holiness. (p.74, 1996 edition)
Here then is another distinction we must make between what God does and what we must do. If the Holy Spirit uses Scripture to show us our need and to stimulate a desire for holiness, then doesn’t it follow that we must be in God’s Word on a consistent basis? Should we not go to the Word, whether to hear it preached or to do our own study, with the prayer that the Holy Spirit would search our hearts for any sin in us? (Psalm 139:23-24) (p.74, 1996 edition)
How have you seen the Holy Spirit create a desire for holiness in you? Please share in the comments.
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