I just finished reading a great book by Jerry Bridges entitled, The Pursuit Of Holiness. This book really spoke to me about what it means to live a holy life before the Lord. There were many times that I found myself wanting to crawl into a corner and ask God to forgive my unholy attitude, or some of the habits that I had developed in the last few months. The back of the book is what really grabbed my attention:
God's command is, "Be holy, for I am holy." But as victims of sin's "gerilla warfare," Christians are often prone to give up the fight, or at least to compromise with sin in its more difficult forms.
Why do we so rarely experience holy living? The central issue confronting us, says Jerry Bridges in The Pursuit Of Holiness, is that Christians fail to understand their own responsibility for holiness. "If we sin," he writes, "it's because we choose to sin-not because we lack the ability to say no to temptation. We are not defeated; we are simply disobedient."
Bridges discusses such topics as:
What has God provided us to help us live holy lives, what is meant by the scriptural statement that we have , "died to sin", Practical guidelines for determining right from wrong, the struggles we have with physical overindulgence and unloving attitudes, how oru reason and emotions influence our will, and how habits and personal discipline play a part in holy living.
Whether you are continuing a long and serious quest in the practice of holiness, or have never really thought about it, the principles given here will serve as an impelling challenge to obey God's call.
Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!