SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS

“I know that I suffer from spiritual blindness and don’t see myself accurately” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, May 18th).

“The old life was disciplined [trained] toward ungodliness. We all tend to act according to these sinful habits that have been engraved in us from long practice” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p55).

“Sin does two very significant things to us all. First, it causes us all to insert ourselves into the center of our worlds, making life all about us. In our self-focus, we are all too motivated by our wants, our needs, and our feelings, and because we are, we tend to be more aware of what we don’t have than of the many wonderful blessings that we have been given. But there is more; because we are self-focused, we tend to be scorekeepers, constantly comparing our piles of stuff to the piles of others. It’s a life of discontentment and envy. Envy is always selfish” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Jan 6th).

“We struggle with pride, jealously, materialism, impatience, and lust. We still eat too much, waste our time, criticize each other, shade the truth just a little, and indulge in a dozen other sins, all the time hating ourselves for doing them” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p51).

“[W]e eat and drink just to gratify physical desire. [W]e lie in bed in the morning simply because we don’t ‘feel’ like getting up when we should. [W]e give in to immoral looks and thoughts” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p108).

“No need to carry the burden of ownership of your life today. You’ve been bought with a price, so you don’t belong to you anymore” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, May 30th).

“The God who now owns you is committed to keep you and care for you. He covers your past with his grace; he protects, provides for, and empowers you in the present; and he holds every aspect of your future in his sovereign and gracious hands” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, May 30th).

“Yes, because you were purchased at the price of blood, you don’t belong to you anymore. But that is a good thing. The One who now owns you is a wiser and more powerful manager of your life than you ever would have been. He cares for you with magnificent grace, incalculable wisdom, and limitless power. Being owned by him means you are in the best of hands. It means you’re no longer burdened by living for you. A new owner has taken control of your life, and this new owner is more capable than anyone or anything you could give your life to” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, May 30th).

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