Posted by: austend | Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Discipline of Grace Ch. 11 Pt. 1

Chapter 11 “The Discipline of Choices” Pt. 1

“Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.” (Rom. 6.19)

“The Bible was not given just to increase your knowledge but to guide your conduct.”

Choices

The Battle for Holiness is the Battle of Choices.  Every time we are tempted we have a choice to make—will we indulge our sin and disobey God or will we value God over that sin and choose to obey God?  This is the foundation of holiness—the thousands of individual choices we make each and every day.

This battle takes place with one choice at a time.  We are not asked to live the entire day in a holy way.  We are asked only to live holy in this one choice that is present right now.  The other choices that will come later in the day will worry about themselves.  All you have to do is decide in this present moment which choice you will make.

“Sin tends to cloud our reason, dull our consciences, stimulate our sinful desires, and weaken our wills.  Because of this, each sin we commit reinforces the habit of sinning and makes it easier to give in to that temptation the next time we encounter it.”

“Holiness of character is developed one choice at a time as we choose to act righteously in each and every situation and circumstance encounter during the day.”

“We do not become more holy either by discipline or dependence.  Neither do we become more holy by committing ourselves to God or developing Bible-based convictions.  We become more holy by obedience to the Word of God, by choosing to obey His will as revealed in the Scriptures in all the various circumstances of our daily lives.”

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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