In his book The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges emphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit in our sanctification by arguing that we are dependent on Him for this growth. Not only is our dependence a fact, it is a fact we need to regularly demonstrate. These quotes are from Chapter 7 (“Help in the Daily Battle”).
We express our dependence on the Holy Spirit for a holy life in two ways. The first is through a humble and consistent intake of the Scripture. If we truly desire to live in the realm of the Spirit we must continually feed our minds with His truth. It is hypocritical to pray for victory over our sins yet be careless in our intake of the Word of God. (p.75, 1996 edition)
The second way we express our dependence on the Spirit is to pray for holiness. (p.75, 1996 edition)
Can you think of other ways to express our dependence on the Spirit? Please share!
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