Posted by: austend | Friday, January 23, 2009

The Discipline of Grace Ch. 8

Chapter 8 “Dependent Discipline”

The Christian life may be likened to an airplane.  The plane has two wings.  It cannot fly or do anything without both of those wings.  If it loses one, then it crashes.  It must have both.  So the Christian life is made up of two things: dependence [on the Holy Spirit’s help] and discipline.  We must have both in order to be holy.  If we lack either, we crash and burn.  Both are essential to living a Christlike life.

Do we Work or Pray?  Both!  We don’t just sit back and let God do all the work.  We also have to be active in our holiness.  Likewise, though, if we just try to live by self-discipline alone, we will fail every time.  We must be trusting God and working ourselves.  A farmer can plow, plant, fertilize, irrigate, cultivate, and harvest his field, but he cannot make it grow or control the weather.  The believer must do his part, and God must do His part.  Both are required.  Nehemiah is a good example.  He both prayed and worked.

We must be disciplined in prayer.  That is how we depend on God.  That is how we communicate with God and tell Him that we need help.

It is sin to be self-sufficient.  To think that we can live out the Christian life on our own without God is sin against Him.  It is also impossible to succeed by this way.  Self-sufficient living will only bring pain, difficulty, failure, grief, and disaster.

Material including all quotations taken from:
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges (Colorado Springs: Navpress, 2006). {here}

This is part of a series of posts {here}.

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