“Never let us reckon that our work in contending against sin, in crucifying, mortifying, and subduing of it, is at an end. The place of its habitation is unsearchable; and when we may think that we have thoroughly won the field, there is still some reserve remaining that we saw not, that we knew not of. Many conquerors have been ruined by their carelessness after a victory, and many have been spiritually wounded after great successes against this enemy. David was so; his great surprise into sin was after a long profession, manifold experiences of God, and watchful keeping himself from his iniquity. And hence, in part, has it come to pass that the profession of many has declined in their old age or riper time; which must more distinctly be spoken to afterward. They have given over the work of mortifying of sin before their work was at an end. There is no way for us to pursue sin in its unsearchable habitation but by being endless in our pursuit.”
Posts Tagged ‘temptation’
In the tradition of the Screwtape Letters, Scargoyle instructs Moldwhistle about the easiest time to tempt families. Read it this Saturday night!
“Our research has identified Sunday morning as the most successful time to attack the family. Church is a dangerous place. While we can’t keep all families from church, we can offset the detrimental effects of corporate worship by fostering conflict and self-righteousness among family members.
Perhaps you will see what I mean if I describe a recent Sunday sabotage carried out by Malwick, one of your new colleagues.”
“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” Mark 14:38
As Christ is the church’s friend—so Satan is the church’s enemy:
her greatest enemy,
her cruelest enemy,
her worst enemy,
her continual enemy.
He makes war against all who keep the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, Revelation 12:17.
The devil envies our happiness, and seeks our ruin:
1. By tempting of us, 1 Corinthians 7:5.
2. By persecuting of us, Revelation 2:10.
3. By accusing of us, Revelation 12:10.
4. By hindering of us, 1 Thess. 2:18.
5. By deceiving of us, 2 Corinthians 11:3.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour!” 1 Peter 5:8.
Oh, beloved! the devil is:
the great troubler of saints,
the great deceiver of nations,
the great devourer of souls,
the great enemy of mankind!
But now, here is the church’s happiness—that Christ is her friend, (Song of Songs 5:16.)
her greatest friend,
her dearest friend,
her most loving friend,
her best friend,
her constant friend,
her sympathizing friend,
her mighty friend.
By his blood—she overcomes the devil;
by his grace—she resists the devil;
by his might—she treads him under her feet;
by faith in his Word—she quenches all the fiery darts of the evil one.
Oh! though Satan hates us—Christ loves us;
though Satan condemns us—Christ justifies us;
though Satan accuses us—Christ clears us;
though Satan tempts us—Christ strengthens us;
though Satan seeks to destroy us—Christ preserves us;
though Satan buffets us—Christ assists us:
1. By his Spirit.
2. By his promises.
3. By his graces.
4. By his presence.
5. By his Word.
6. By his intercession.
7. By his power.
8. By his ministers.
9. By his example.
10. By his prayers.
Oh! the Lord Jesus has a great love for us, and care of us; and therefore he counsels us in the words of my text to, “watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation.” These are the words of our Lord Jesus unto his disciples; they having been slumbering and sleeping when Christ had commanded them to watch. ~Excerpt from “Watch and Pray” by William Dyer
HT: Here I Blog
I spoke this morning on Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s denial. He warned Peter this was coming just a few hours away. Yet Peter told Jesus He was wrong. Peter didn’t heed the warning and so often we miss the gracious warnings and commands of Scripture as well.
Don’t be naive! Be sober and vigilant for these ways Satan may tempt you this week. Click here.
“As followers of Jesus we are daily confronted with our own corruption. If we are to grow in grace we must soberly, aggressively, and thoroughly address our sin and temptations. But what is the best way to do that? Here are just a few resources that have been helpful to me as I have sought to believe the gospel, fight sin, and resist temptation.
Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Russell Moore
This is one of the best book on the subject. Seriously worth your time and money.
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin, Kris Lundgaard
You’re justified and being sanctified, but sin still indwells you. You get that, right? Probably not, but this book will help you understand, and respond in faith. Short, insightful, powerful.
Overcoming Sin and Temptation, John Owen
Owen’s writing on sin and temptation is unmatched. This is a helpful edit of his work. Get it.
Licensed to Kill, Brian G. Hedges
Okay, this isn’t coming out until later this summer, but I have read the manuscript and it is excellent. Pre-order it. While you’re waiting for it to be released read his other book, Christ Formed in You.
The Sinfulness of Sin, Ralph Venning
A puritan classic that will help you see the the ugly reality and danger of sin while pointing you to the hope of the gospel. One of my wife’s favorite books! (That’s an endorsement you can trust!)
“I believe that one of the chief characteristics of our sinful nature, or ‘flesh’ as it is called in most Bible translations, is an attitude of independence toward God. Even when we know and agree that we are dependent on Him, we tend out of habit to act independently…. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons God allows us to fall before temptation so often is to teach us experientially that we really are dependent on Him to enable us to grow in holiness.
One of the best ways, apart from those painful experiences of failure, to learn dependence is to develop the discipline of prayer. This forces us in a tangible way to acknowledge our dependence on the Holy Spirit. This is true because, for whatever else we may say about prayer, it is a recognition of our own helplessness and absolute dependence on God.
It is this admission of helplessness and dependence that is so repugnant to our sinful spirit of self-sufficiency. And if we are naturally prone by temperament to be disciplined, it is even more difficult to acknowledge that we are dependent on Christ and His Spirit instead of our own self-discipline.”–Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace
(HT: Joshua Harris)