March 15, 2007

Talk About Your 9 Step Program

So I'm reading John Owen's "Of Mortification Of Sin In Believers" and in the newly revised edition, Justin Taylor lays out a synopsis of Owen's directions to the soul regarding mortification. The list is as follows:

  1. Consider whether the sin you are contending with has any dangerous symptoms attending it.
  2. Get a clear and abiding sense upon your mind and conscience of the guilt, danger, and evil of that sin
  3. Load you conscience with the guilt of it
  4. Get a constant longing for deliverance from the power of it
  5. Consider whether the sin is rooted in your nature and exacerbated by your temperament
  6. Consider what occasions and advantages your sin has taken to exert and put forth itself and watch against them all
  7. Rise mightily against the first actings and conceptions of your sin
  8. Meditate in such a way that you are filled at all times with self-abasement and thoughts of your own vileness
  9. Listen to what God says to your soul and do not speak peace to yourself before God speaks it, but hearken what he says to your soul

So here's the don't hear this in the church of today. You're not taught to feel the weight of transgressing against a holy and infinite God. In our self-esteem crazy society, we lose the weight of sin. If the 9 directions above attended your life regularly, how less would sin rule over you?

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