Chapter 9 of Jerry Bridges’s book The Pursuit of Holiness is called “Putting Sin to Death.” In this chapter Bridges says that there are two things that must be done to “destroy the power and vitality” of sin. I’ll post about the first of these today and the second of these later.
Bridges writes that the first action to be taken in putting sin to death is that we must develop conviction, particularly conviction in specific areas of obedience.
These convictions are developed through exposure to the Word of God. Our minds have far too long been accustomed to the world’s values. Even after we become Christians, the world around us constantly seeks to conform us to its value system. We are bombarded on every side by temptations to indulge our sinful natures. (p.85, 1996 edition)
Obedience is the pathway to holiness, but it is only as we have His commands that we can obey them. God’s Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions. One of the most effective ways of influencing our minds is through memorizing Scripture. (p.86, 1996 edition)
This is the way we develop conviction—by bringing God’s Word to bear on specific situations that arise in our lives and determining God’s will in that situation from the Word. (p.87, 1996 edition)
Tomorrow I’ll share what Bridges writes about developing conviction in areas which are not specifically addressed by Scripture.
What about you? How have you pictured the relationship between your convictions and your ability to fight against temptation? I’d love to hear about it.
I don’t know how regular this feature will be, but I thought I’d share some quotes from the books I’m reading. I present these with the understanding that I do not necessarily endorse all of an author’s positions in this particular book or in his/her writing in general. These are quotes which I found interesting, provocative, well-written, or worthy of sharing in some other way.
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