I started reading “Sin and Temptation” today (John Owen), and I sense I am going to need to blog about it simply because of the difficulty of its message. I mean, if I am going to learn how to mortify sin (and hopefully DO it) then I want some company! A dear friend, while reading tough materials that convicted her heart, shared with me that she would read a paragraph by the author, read Romans 8.1; read another paragraph, read Romans 8.1 and so on. What a powerful dependence on God! And what a balanced approach to sanctification (by way of justification).
So welcome to my world! Let’s dive in to sin together, shall we?
“Sin is always at work in the heart; a temporary lull in its assaults means not that it is dead, but that it is very much alive. Sin is never less quiet, than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still.
Sin’s strategy is to induce a false sense of security as a prelude to a surprise attack. By sin we are oftentimes unaware carried into distempered affections, foolish imaginations, and pleasing delightfulness in things that are not good nor profitable…
When the soul is doing…quite another thing…. sin starts that in the heart….that carries it away into that which is evil and sinful. Yea, to manifest its power, sometimes when the soul is seriously engaged in the mortification of any sin, it will… lead it away into alliance with that very sin whose ruin it is seeking…
I know no greater burden in the life of a believer than these involuntary surprisals…And it is in respect unto them that the Apostle makes his complaint in Romans 7.24.”