Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sin is Serious (Part 2)

John Owen gives us nine ways to mortify sin our lives by the Spirit. These are taken from his book Of The Mortification of Sin in Believers:


1. Consider whether the sin you are contending with has any dangerous symptoms attending it.
2. Get a clear and abiding sense upon your mind and conscience of the guilt, danger, and evil of that sin.
3. Load your conscience with the guilt of it.
4. Get a constant longing for deliverance from the power of it.
5. Consider whether the sin is rooted in your nature and exacerbated by your temperament.
6. Consider what occasions and advantages your sin has taken to exert and put forth itself, and watch against them all.
7. Rise mightily against the first actings and conceptions of your sin.
8. Meditate in such a way that you are filled at all times with self-abasement and throughts of your own vileness.
9. Listen to what God says to your soul and do not speak peace to yourself before God speaks it, but hearken what he says to your soul.
(John Owen as quoted by Justin Taylor in Overcoming Sin & Temptation)

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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