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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Fighting sin

I had the opportunity to read a bit of John Owen on Indwelling Sin. He gave three helpful points in disciplines against sin, which I will summarize (from Owen's Overcoming Sin and Temptation, ed. Kapic and Taylor)

Meditate of God with God - When we think of God's excellencies and goodness and glory, we do so in a manner speaking toward God, to give God the glory and fix our mind upon God and humble ourselves before Him.

Mediate on the word with the word - Words are not meant merely to be read over or repeated, but meditated upon. We look to God for help in interpreting and granting us wisdom as we read it.

What we come short of in evenness and constancy in our thoughts in these things, let it be made up in frequency - This one surprised me the most. I think he means that when we struggle to think of things to meditate upon, we ought to make up for that by thinking much and often of the same things, and the Spirit will give us new insights and greater understandings.

I found these helpful. Hope you can too!

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