While it seems like an obvious jump to conclusion, I fear that very few believers ever make it. Too many of us are satisfied with the middle ground of not giving in to sin, but also not actively battling it. Too many believers—myself included— also use the excuse of culture to indulge in sin. Therefore it is actually healthy for me to watch every episode of Breaking Bad—with its nudity, drugs, violence, godlessness, and cursing included—and it is also healthy for me to do so 3, 4, maybe 5 episodes a day. All so I can engage the culture around me. Nothing more.
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While it seems like an obvious jump to conclusion, I fear that very few believers ever make it. Too many of us are satisfied with the middle ground of not giving in to sin, but also not actively battling it. Too many believers—myself included— also use the excuse of culture to indulge in sin.
Therefore it is actually healthy for me to watch every episode of Breaking Bad—with its nudity, drugs, violence, godlessness, and cursing included—and it is also healthy for me to do so 3, 4, maybe 5 episodes a day. All so I can engage the culture around me. Nothing more. If we give in to such excuse making, then our sin nature winning the battle against the Spirit Who has already saved us from such a life, and given us a new heart.
The only answer to this problem, the only way for us to find victory through our Lord Jesus and His Holy Spirit is to be constantly, violently at WAR with sin—with the enemy within. Lundgaard makes it clear from the very Preface of this book that much of the material he presents in The Enemy Within is but a modernization of the writings of that great Puritan author, John Owen. But very few regular-Joe Christians would have the time or patience to ever do so, and so Lundgaard found this modernizing process to be his calling.
Such writing helps me keep the lessons organized in my own mind as I read, and it definitely helped me and my Bible Study Group as we moved our way through his text as a group each week. I also very much appreciated the very apt study questions following each chapter, as these always helped my Group focus in on our own specific needs each week. I would recommend The Enemy Within for personal study, though I believe its blades cut even deeper in a group format.
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The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin
I get it. But there is no excuse for missing his famous work on sin and mortification. In my lowest moments it has brought despair; it has even darkened the edges of my brightest times. In the late summer of I stumbled across something helpful, something that has given me hope.
The Enemy Within
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THE ENEMY WITHIN: STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT THE POWER AND DEFEAT OF SIN, by Kris Lundgaard
If God has redeemed me from sin, and given me His Holy Spirit to sanctify me and give me strength against sin, why do I keep on sinning? This books takes dead aim and ongoing sin. Every Christian who is serious about holiness should read this book. He has given us some of the best of Puritan theology in a language all of us can understand…. Has this product helped you? Share a Testimony. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible.
The Enemy Within: Straight Talk about the Power and Defeat of Sin
Why do I keep on sinning? This book takes dead aim at the heart of ongoing sin. Drawing from two masterful works by John Owen, Kris Lundgaard offers insight, encouragement, and hope for overcoming the enemy within. He is currently a manager in the computer industry. He lives with his wife, Paula, and four children in Austin, Texas. Fresh, contemporary, highly readable. Every Christian who is serious about holiness should read this book.