8 Rules for Growing in Godliness

By Joe Thorn: In my desire to be like Jesus I have to guard against the temptation to merely focus on the external. Addressing the outside of our lives is easy and has nothing to do with real sanctification. Superficial godliness is no godliness at all. It is nothing but a thin gloss over a man’s life. A kind of religious manliness that neither addresses or changes the heart. But the other danger is doing nothing, and simply hoping that God makes us grow without any cultivation. Our growth in godliness is a grace from God, derived from our union with Jesus, and is a work of the Holy Spirit, and yet we are active throughout in both killing sin and living unto righteousness. So all the effort, action, and work on our part in the process of sanctification must spring from faith in Jesus and be aimed at our hearts, not just our behavior. This means we need to grow

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The Cure for Cold Religion

From Erik Raymond: So encouraging to know that neither the problem nor the solution has changed in the last 350 years: “The reason our affections are so chilled and cold in religion—is that we do not warm them with thoughts of God. Hold a magnifying glass to the sun, and the glass burns that which is near to it. So when our thoughts are lifted up to Christ, the Sun of righteousness, our affections are set on fire. No sooner had the spouse been thinking upon her Savior’s beauty—but she fell into love-sickness. (Song of Sol. 5:8). O saints, do but let your thoughts dwell upon the love of Christ, who passed by angels and thought of you; who was wounded that, out of his wounds, the balm of Gilead might come to heal you; who leaped into the sea of his Father’s wrath, to save you from drowning in the lake of fire! Think of this unparalleled love, which

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Hearing the Word Preached

Here are 10 instructions for hearing God’s Word preached on Sunday from Thomas Watson (found on pages 129-130 of Sola Scriptura). 1. When you come to God’s house to hear His Word, do not forget to prepare your soul with prayer. 2. Come with a holy appetite for the Word (1 Peter 2:2). A good appetite promotes good digestion. 3. Come with a tender, teachable heart, asking “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” It is foolish to expect a blessing if you come with a hardened, worldly-minded heart. 4. Be attentive to the Word preached. Regard the sermon as it truly is–a matter of life and death (Deut. 32:47). 5. “Receive with meekness the engrafted word” (James 1:21). Meekness involves a submissive frame of heart, a willingness to hear the counsels and reproofs of the Word. 6. Mingle the preached Word with faith (Heb. 4:2). Put on Christ as He is preached (Rom. 13:14); apply the promises as they are

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