Resolving to Kill Sin, Part Two: The How of Mortification

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 Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin, or it will be killing you. Your being dead with Christ virtually, your being quickened with him, will not excuse you from this work. – John Owen


In Part One of this article, I encouraged you to make it a goal for yourself in the new year to begin putting sin to death, and I introduced you to John Owen’s seminal work, The Mortification of Sin. Romans 8:13 is Owen’s key verse: “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death (mortify) the deeds of the body, you will live” (New King James). He began by defining what it means to mortify, or put to death, sin, and why it’s the duty of every Christian to do so. He pointed out that only true believers can engage in the work of mortifying sin, because an unconverted person who has not been given a new nature or the Holy Spirit, can never make himself righteous.

Next Owen goes on to offer practical ways of dealing with sin in one’s life. He states that mortifying a specific sin involves three things: Continue reading “Resolving to Kill Sin, Part Two: The How of Mortification”

A New Year’s Resolution for the Soul

Hello and Happy New Year to my readers and followers! I feel the need to apologize for my infrequent posts lately; since starting my new job in November I don’t have nearly as much time to read or write. I still intend to publish book reviews as I am able, but I won’t be able to publish articles as often as I did last year.

As we enter a new year, I once again challenge you to read material that is profitable to your soul and to your mind. If you haven’t already done so, take a look at my lists of fiction and non-fiction books I believe every Christian should read. Most importantly, I exhort you to make the reading of God’s Word a priority and a regular part of your daily routine. In order to make it easy, you might consider some of the suggested reading schedules mentioned here. And may the Lord bless the reading of His Word to the good of your soul in the year 2014!

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Well, it’s that time of year again when a lot of people think about what changes they want to make in their life. Lots of people make resolutions related to their physical health, like losing weight, starting an exercise program, or quitting smoking. Some set educational or career goals, say, to go back to school and finish a degree, earn a certification, or get a new job or promotion. Maybe you want to improve yourself as a person — quit a bad habit, learn a new skill or hobby, or travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. But have you thought about making a resolution that will profit your soul or help you to grow spiritually?

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