Saturday, June 13, 2009

Harvesting Humility & Pulverizing Pride

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have read C. J. Mahaney’s book Humility: True Greatness and I certainly recommend it. I found it to be not only very informative but extremely practical, (a rare combination.) I made myself a short, “reader’s digest” version of some simple practices that he designed to help cultivate humility and weaken pride. I entitled it: (since at the time it was for me) “Practices of Special Focus with Extended Concentration.” Since these practices are so practical, valuable, and indispensable I thought I would share them with you. Here they are as I developed them for myself to utilize over the remaining portion of the year. 1. Study the Doctrine of our Sovereignthe incommunicable attributes Study Wayne Gruden’s Systematic Theology, Chapter 11 Study A. W. Pink’s Attributes of God Study A. W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of God Study Stephen Charnock’s The Existence and Attributes of God 2. Study the Doctrine of Salvationsalvation from first to last is of God, God alone Study the doctrine of election Study the doctrine of calling Study the doctrine of justification Study the doctrine of perseverance 3. Study the Doctrine of Sinsin is our mean & abject condition Study the delicacy of sin – we are so imperceptive of sin & its subtle ways Study the destructiveness of sin – guard against the hardening effect of sin Study the deceitfulness of sin – by its nature sin is difficult to discern & detect Study the desire of sin – sin desires to lull me to sleep & to kill holiness in me 4. Study the Doctrine of Sanctification in others Actively look for ways that God is @ work in others Accurately examine the apostle Paul as an example Attentively familiarize yourself with the fruit of the Spirit

Affectionately look to God to lead you to real evidence in others & yourself

1 comment:

Steve said...

Have you seen the following blogs about Sovereign Grace Ministries which C.J. Mahaney leads:

www.sgmrefuge.com

www.sgmsurvivors.com

They tell another side.