PRESENT HELP

“It’s the evil inside me that connects me to the evil outside me. God’s grace is grace for the heart” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Mar 7th).

“Every moment in which we do not love God with all our hearts, we sin. Every moment in which we do not love our neighbor as ourselves, we sin. Every moment in which we do not exercise faith in Christ, we sin. When we do not set our affections on things above, we sin. When we are not constantly influenced by the fear of God, we sin. When we do not rejoice in God, we sin. When the contents of God’s Word [do] not properly affect us, we sin. When we do not forgive and love our enemies, we sin” Edward Payson (ref#362, p29).

“Sin is a matter of our nature before it is ever played out in our behavior. [S]ystems of behavior reformation won’t work for us because our problem is deeper than behavior. Systems of self-help won’t work because we are our own biggest problem. The grace that placed our iniquity on the Savior, so that we could be both forgiven and delivered, is more powerful than our sinful natures. Our cure is not a system; it is a person, and his name is Jesus” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Aug 2nd)!

Our struggle with sin is so deep that it was not enough for God to forgive us, so he also unzipped us and got inside of us by his Spirit” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Oct 4th).

“He gets inside us, working within us, because there is no possibility that we will desire and do what is right without the inner working of his power. [W]e cannot take credit for any aspect or any instance of our obedience, because apart from the Spirit’s presence, we would have neither the motivation nor the power to obey. He has come, and his convicting and enabling grace is his moment-by-moment gift to you” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Oct 4th).

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