Ch. 10: The Place of Personal Discipline

The Pursuit of Holiness

by, Jerry Bridges

Ch. 10: The Place of Personal Discipline

  • Discipline toward holiness begins with the Word of God p.97
  • As we learn them [the Scriptures], He will faithfully bring them to our minds as we need them to face temptations p.98
  • We Need:
    1. A planned time p.98
      • each day for reading or studying the Bible p.98
      • Satan will always battle us at this point. He will try to persuade us that we are too sleepy in the morning, too busy during the day, and too tired at night p.98
    2. A planned method p.99
      • Hearing the Word taught by our pastors and teachers (Jeremiah 3:15)
      • Reading the Bible ourselves (Deuteronomy 17:19)
      • Studying the Scriptures intently (Proverbs 2:1-5)
      • Memorizing key passages (Psalm 119:11)
    3. Meditation p.99
      • Joshua 1:8
      • Think about them [scriptures], turning them over in our minds, and applying them to our life’s situations p.99
      • The objective of our meditation is application – obedience to the Scriptures p.100
      • A plan for applying the Word to your life p.101
        1. What does this passage teach concerning God’s will for a holy life?
        2. How does my life measure up to that Scripture; specifically where and how do I fall short?
        3. What definite steps of action do I need to take to obey?
      • We must avoid general commitments to obedience and instead aim for specific obedience in specific instances p.101
  • Any training – physical, mental, or spiritual – is characterized at first by failure p.101
  • We keep wanting instant success, but holiness doesn’t come that way p.102
  • So a necessary ingredient of discipline is perseverance p.102
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