Blog Posts on Indwelling Sin

Whose Approval Do You Crave?

Joseph Scheumann
Whose Approval Do You Crave?

When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (Matthew 6:16)

Perhaps Jesus’s words about prayer and fasting are more relevant than ever. Not that the human heart has changed. Quite the opposite — the heart has been, and always will be, apart from God, “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).

No, the condition of man’s heart hasn’t changed; there are... Continue Reading

You Don’t Have to Obey

Jon Bloom

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions (Romans 6:12).

It bears repeating: if you want life, deny yourself (Matthew 16:24–25). Your narcissistic nihilist self will kill you if you do not.

This truth left me trembling again when I heard last week of a respected, seasoned Christian leader who committed suicide after his sexual sin was exposed.

Such a horror is alarming. But no honest person finds it inconceivable. That’s why it’s alarming.

Living... Continue Reading

Why It's Important to Know Your Sin

Jonathan Parnell
Why It's Important to Know Your Sin

There are insidiuos perils to not knowing our sin.

This is the message of Romans 7:7-12 that John Piper expounds in two sermons from 2001, including an explanation of the law and grace, and a practical illustration of our fight against temptation.

Stream or download the sermons, The Importance of Knowing Our Sin and How We Come to Know Sin.

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Know Your Heart and Don't Believe It

Jonathan Parnell
Know Your Heart and Don't Believe It

John Owen:

Labour to know thine own frame and temper; what spirit thou art of; what associates in thy heart Satan hath; where corruption is strong, where grace is weak; what stronghold lust hath in thy natural constitution, and the like. . .

Be acquainted, then, with thine own heart: though it be deep, search it; though it be dark, inquire into it; though it give all its distempers other names than what are their due, believe it not.

Of Temptation, The Works of John Owen,... Continue Reading

Groaning over Grieving the Holy Spirit

John Piper
Groaning over Grieving the Holy Spirit

One of the poems I wrote during my leave of absence grew out of my sorrows over grieving the Holy Spirit. It is bad enough to know that God is dishonored by my sin. But to hear Paul connect my particular sins with grieving the Holy Spirit was even more painful.

This he does in Ephesians 4:30–32. He says, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” And then he names my sins: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and... Continue Reading

The Costume Kingdom

Paul Tripp
The Costume Kingdom

It was always one the most dramatic moments in the well-known secret agent drama. Although viewers didn’t know it, one of the Mission Impossible agents had donned a latex mask that was meant to make him look familiar and safe to the enemy. The mask was so pliable and real-looking that it took on the appearance of actual human skin. At some crucial moment, the government agent would reach up and tear the “skin” off his face and reveal his true identity to the international bad guys who... Continue Reading

No More Whoring

Jon Bloom

At the end of Numbers 15, God commanded Moses to have the people attach tassels on the corner of their garments. These were accessories with a purpose:

And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. (Numbers 15:39-40)

These accessories were not intended to beautify the... Continue Reading