Owen: How to Strengthen Yourself Against Future Temptation

Store the heart with a sense of the love of God in Christ, with the eternal design of his grace, with a taste of the blood of Christ, and his love in the shedding of it; get a relish of the privileges we have thereby–our adoption, justification, acceptation with God; fill the heart with thoughts of the beauty of holiness . . . and thou wilt, in an ordinary course of walking with God, have great peace and security as to the disturbance of temptations.

–John Owen, quoted in Sinclair Ferguson, John Owen on the Christian Life (Banner of Truth, 1987), 144

(HT: Dane Ortlund)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

2 thoughts on “Owen: How to Strengthen Yourself Against Future Temptation

  1. Peter,

    I only recently found “Already Not Yet”. It has been a blessing to me. Just recently read Owen’s “Overcoming Sin and Temptation” and am still ruminating on it. I suspect I will be for a very long time!

    Thanks for the quote from Ferguson’s book. Very encouraging and thought provoking.

    Keep up the good work!

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