25 June, 2009

Well CURED in the blood of Christ....

"A Great Sin will certainly give a great turn to the life of a [professing believer].

If it be well cured* in the blood of Christ,
with that humiliation which the gospel requires,
it often proves a means of more watchfulness,
and contentation [satisfaction, reassurance],
than ever before the soul obtained.

If it be neglected, it certainly hardens the heart,
weakens spiritual strength,
enfeebles the soul,
discouraging it unto all communion with God,
and is a notable principle of a general decay."

~John Owen, from "The Effect and Strength of Indwelling Sin"
(as printed in "Overcoming Sin and Temptation," p. 387)

*Cured: to prepare (meat, fish, etc.) for preservation by salting, drying, etc.
to restore to health. to relieve or rid of something detrimental, as an illness or a bad habit.

to promote hardening of (fresh concrete or mortar), as by keeping it damp.
to process (rubber, tobacco, etc.) as by fermentation or aging.

23 June, 2009

Pitting me against myself

My mind is toying with two sides of one coin.
I desire one and cannot have it;
I do not desire the other, but could have it rather than having nothing.
I find I want to "manipulate" the one I don't want so that I don't have to wait for what I do desire....

This is an idolatry! I can "feel" it is such, because the arguments with which I am trying to persuade myself sound like "You shouldn't have to wait any longer," and "You know it would be better to have SOMEthing rather than NOthing," and "It wouldn't really be disobeying God....he could stop you if it wasn't meant to be, and maybe you'll find you're happier in the long run!"

Sick, sinister, manipulative, Indwelling Sin, my ENEMY!
I will not.

I will wait.

19 June, 2009

The Fruit of Which is Joy!

...the conviction of sin should NOT be an "unfamiliar discomfort" - it is the kindness of the Father to reveal sin, to make us holy, to conform us to the likeness of Christ - & so this godly sorrow & grief over having our hearts exposed to ourselves should bring about repentance...& fruit in keeping with that repentance - JOY! & growing intimacy with our God....