The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
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Last Week We Learned…
- Do I act as if I know that our motives in an action are just as important as the action itself?
- Do I act as if I know that filling our minds with the information from above is a key to killing sin?
- Do I act as if I know that the process of mortification rests entirely on thinking like Christ?
Things to Learn About My Own Walk with God this Week…
- That the greatest enemy in the war to Mortify Sin is ourselves.
- That that human standards cannot ever lead to truth.
- That Scripture provides an excellent remedy for our Depravity.
Total Depravity (or Total Inability): “The effect of the fall upon man is that sin has extended to every part of his personality — his thinking, his emotions, and his will.” 1
‘The Heart’ – הַלֵּב (hallēḇ) – “…heart, mind, soul, spirit, self, i.e., the source of life of the inner person in various aspects, with a focus on feelings, thoughts, volition, and other areas of the inner life…” 2
Norma Normans non Normata – “The Norm of Norms That Is Not Normed” This is the principle the Scripture is the measure of truth, and when interpreted correctly, cannot be corrected by any other source.
Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. 3
1 Fisher’s Catechism
2 James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997).
3 John Owen, The Mortification of Sin