"The lust he thought was dead..."

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(Tim) Over at ClearNote Blog, Jake Mentzel posted

an introduction and has been putting up paraphrased excerpts from John

Owen's Mortification (The Killing) of Sin in Believers. If you

refuse to forgive others, look longingly at men's or women's bodies,

wish you had your neighbor's Kubota, are prayerless, comfort yourself

with ice cream, numb yourself with alcohol, bale hay during worship, and

are bitter against God, this book's for you...


it, read it (Kindle),

and mark it all up. Five pages at a time is about right. Few books are

as helpful in pursuing holiness or the sanctification without which no

man will see God.

From time to time, I'll post my own paraphrased excerpts. Here's the first, and what follows is the second:

A soul under the power of the conviction of God's Law is pressed to fight against sin, but has no strength for the combat. He can't help but fight, yet he can never conquer. He is like a man who is thrust on the sword of his enemy on purpose to be slain. The Law drives him on, and sin beats him back.

Sometimes he thinks he has foiled sin, when he has only raised a dust so he can't see it. In other words, he disturbs his natural affections of fear, sorrow, and anguish, which leads him to believe sin is conquered when he hasn't touched it. By the time he's cold, he must go out and do battle again; yet the lust he thought was dead appears not even to be wounded.

And if things are this sad with those who labor and strive without entering God's Kingdom, in what condition are the men who despise all this commotion; the men who are perpetually under the power and dominion of sin and love it; the men whose only trouble is that they cannot make sufficient provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts?