Ch. 6: The Battle for Holiness

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 6: The Battle for Holiness

  • Indwelling sin remains in us even though it has been dethroned. And though it has been overthrown and weakened, its nature has not changed. Sin is still hostile to God and cannot submit to His law p.60
  • The seat of indwelling sin is the heart: p.61
    • The heart is deceitful and unsearchable to any but God alone (Jeremiah 17:9-10; 1 Corinthians 4:3-5) p.61
    • Much of sin’s strength lies in this; that we fight with an enemy we cannot fully search out p.61
    • We need to ask God daily to search our hearts for sin that we cannot or will not see p.62
    • “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
  • Indwelling sin works largely through our desires p.63
    • If you give in to temptation, it will be because desire has overcome reason in the struggle to influence your will p.63
    • If we are to win this battle for holiness, we must recognize that the basic problem lies within us. It is our own evil desires that lead us into temptation p.63
  • Indwelling sin tends to deceive our understanding or reasoning p.64
    • We are first drawn away from watchfulness, then from obedience p.65
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