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The Power for Mortification

Yesterday I preached on the true mortification of sin. Today it’s Monday, I’m in my office, and I want to pursue holiness.
Whenever I begin to think deeply about putting my own sin to death, I deal with an overwhelming desire to start making rules and plans and promises. Not that carefully laid plans for waging war against sin are a bad idea, they just don’t have any ACTUAL power to help me fight. On Monday’s like this, where I am renewed in my zeal for holiness, I need to be reminded where all power comes from. Look to God brothers and sisters. You can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Phil 4:13). We will never win our fight against sin on our own. Thankfully, there is One who makes you more than a conqueror through Him who loved you (Rom 8:37). His grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:9), and He has poured out His Spirit of power to help us (Zech 4:6), with sympathy in His heart (Heb 2:17-18), and mercy at His throne (Heb 4:14-16). The author of thunder, is working in power upon your heart, to form you to the image of Christ, look to Him! Look to your Maker, the everlasting God who loves you and hear His faithful words:
Isaiah 40:27–31
[27] Why do you say, O Jacob,
and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?
[28] Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
[29] He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
[30] Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
[31] but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. (ESV)

Let’s help one another do battle together with our faith in God and our trust in His Spirit!


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