“While my fellow believers are constantly seeking
to advance themselves in godliness,
they show little direct interest in God himself.”
J. I. Packer
Are you accepted on your own worth?
Have you done all you needed to make yourself acceptable to God?
Hate to break the news but that is impossible.
We can never do enough, clean up enough or be holy enough for an infinitely Holy God.
Thank goodness we don’t have to.
We can begin each day with the deeply encouraging realization,
I’m accepted by God,
not on the basis of my personal performance,
but on the basis of the infinitely perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Gerald Bridges, Jerry Bridges from Holiness Day by Day
by Jerry Bridges, author of Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
Do you want more substance to your daily devotional? Then you will appreciate this one-year devotional from Navigator author Jerry Bridges.Each entry has been carefully selected from his best writings, connecting with you on a deeper level and encouraging personal discovery.
This quick daily read is full of inspiration, commitment, and transformation for men and women to grow in spiritual maturity.
The Holiness of God – Free Kindle Book
by R.C. Sproul
“When people ask me to name the Ligonier teaching material they should use to help them grow; I tell them, ‘You should start with The Holiness of God.’”
Now celebrating 25 years of publication, this classic can help you better understand the biblical picture of God’s awesome holiness and why it is so foundational to God-centered, God-honoring theology and Christian living. In The Holiness of God , R.C. Sproul demonstrates that encountering God’s holy presence is a terrifying experience. Dr. Sproul argues that this struggle is nonetheless necessary because it is the only way to cure our propensity to trust in ourselves and our own righteousness for salvation.
“This book is a game-changer! Everything in our lives and ministries begins and ends with a soul-gripping awareness of God’s infinite holiness. These dramatic chapters, written in high-impact fashion, reveal what the holiness of God is and how it should revolutionize our lives.”
Self-righteousness is the largest idol of the human heart – the idol which man loves most and God hates most. Dearly beloved, you will always be going back to this idol. You are always trying to be something in yourself, to gain God’s favour by thinking little of your sin, or by looking to your repentance, tears, prayers ; or by looking to your religious exercises, your frames, etc; or by looking to your graces, the Spirit’s work in your heart. Beware of false Christs. Study sanctification to the utmost, but make not a Christ of it.
Robert Murray McCheyne
What do you do when confronted with your own or another’s guilt over sin?
Do you make light of it?
Do you seek to appease your own or their guilt?
Or do you agree with the guilt and point out that guilt is there for a reason?
Do you share how a Holy God looks at sin?
Load Your Conscience with the Guilt of Sin
John Owen from Mortifying Sin: Bring Your Lust to the Gospel
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul is one of the all-time modern day classics regarding God’s holiness. Quite simply, our knowledge of God and the work of God fails without a true understanding of the holiness of God. Our audiobook of The Holiness of God received an Audiofile Earphones award for the narration by Grover Gardner and is the free download of the month for March 2011!
Whatever “call” a man may pretend to have, if he has not been called to holiness, he certainly has not been called to the ministry.
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The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
“Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God to His people. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. According to Jerry Bridges, that’s because we’re not exactly sure what our part in holiness is. In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do-and what we should accept responsibility for ourselves. Whether you’re continuing your pursuit of holiness or just beginning, the principles and guidelines in The Pursuit of Holiness will challenge you to obey God’s command of holiness.
Herein we find proof for the Divine inspiration of the Scriptures. The unregenerate do not really believe in the holiness of God. Their conception of His character is altogether one-sided. They fondly hope that His mercy will override everything else. “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether as thyself” (Ps. 50:21) is God’s charge against them. They think only of a “god” patterned after their own evil hearts. Hence their continuance in a course of mad folly. Such is the holiness ascribed to the Divine nature and character in Scripture that it clearly demonstrates their superhuman origin. The character attributed to the “gods” of the ancients and of modern heathendom are the very reverse of that immaculate purity which pertains to the true God. An ineffably holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of all sin, was never invented by any of Adam’s fallen descendants! The fact is that nothing makes more manifest the terrible depravity of man’s heart and his enmity against the living God than to have set before him One who is infinitely and immutably holy. His own idea of sin is practically limited to what the world calls “crime.” Anything short of that, man palliates as “defects,” “mistakes,” “infirmities,” etc. And even where sin is owned at all, excuses and extenuations are made for it.
The “god” which the vast majority of professing Christians “love,” is looked upon very much like an indulgent old man, who himself has no relish for folly, but leniently winks at the “indiscretions” of youth. But the Word says, “Thou hatest all workers of iniquity “(Ps. 5:5). And again, “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Ps. 7:11). But men refuse to believe in this God, and gnash their teeth when His hatred of sin is faithfully pressed upon their attention. No, sinful man was no more likely to devise a holy God than to create the Lake of fire in which he will be tormented for ever and ever.
Attributes of God – AW Pink