PLANNING TO DO BETTER

“I realized that deep within my heart my real aim was not to sin very much” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p93).

“Many have sought to live a holy life by their own willpower” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p50).

“People who acknowledge that what they’ve done is wrong and then immediately lay out plans to do better unwittingly deny what the gospel of Jesus Christ says about them, how real change takes place, and where help can be found. What they have omitted or neglected is confession. When you confess your sins to God, you don’t just admit that you have sinned; no, you also confess that you have no power to deliver yourself from the sin you have just confessed. True confession always combines an admission of wrong with a plea for help” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Nov 17th).

“[A]ll our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away” (Isa 64:6 ESV).

“[W]hen confronted with your failure [y]ou can comfort yourself with plausible arguments for your righteousness, giving ease to your conscience. Or, in the face of your failure, you can wallow in guilt and shame, beating yourself up because you did not do better and working hard to hide your failure from God and others” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, Mar 6th).

“Change is not found in defending our righteousness, but in admitting our weakness and crying for help” Paul David Tripp (ref#190, May 18th).

“Breaking sinful habits must be done in cooperation with the Holy Spirit and in dependence upon Him. The determination that ‘I’ll not do that anymore,’ based upon sheer human resolve, has never once broken the shackles of sin” Jerry Bridges (ref#244, p133).

“We have all experienced the joy and motivation of forgiveness. But too many of us have lost sight of it and have slipped into a performance relationship with God. The only cure for this is to come back to the gospel and begin to preach it to ourselves every day. It is only the gospel that will keep us living by grace. And it is only grace that will give us the courage and motivation to mortify sin and to keep seeking to make the right choices even when we fail so often” Jerry Bridges (ref#192, p207).