Category: Sanctify

Cultivating Humility: Eight Strategies

Christianity is impossible without humility. John MacArthur has said that humility is “the foundation of all graces” and “the very center of the Christian life.” Calvin called humility “the sovereign virtue – the mother and root of all virtue,” and Jonathan Edwards said that humility is “the most essential thing in true religion.” Such assertions are true for Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3); and James wrote: “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you” (Jas. 4:10). It would be safe to say that humility is...

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Faithfulness and Fruitfulness

Richard Greenham, one of the renowned Puritan theologians of the sixteenth century, was well loved in his day for the spiritual help he was to many believers in England, as well to his fellow Puritan ministers. Quite a number of Puritan pastors would send their congregants to Greenham for what they considered to be the more difficult “cases of conscience.” Nevertheless, Greenham expressed regret over not seeing much fruit in his own congregation in Dry Drayton—the exceedingly small rural town in which he pastored—during his almost twenty-one-year ministry there. Reflecting on the spiritual state of his congregation, Greenham spoke...

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J.C. Ryle on Sanctification

“This is the will of God, even your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3). There is today and always has been debate regarding the process of sanctification. Largely in the circles I run in, I see two major ditches: The doctrines of justification and sanctification are blended together. Those who are proponents of this position say that when one is justified, they are entirely sanctified in Christ Jesus. The idea that a pastor would call Christians to be obedient to God’s Law and to bear good fruit often give those who subscribe to this position angst. The doctrine of sanctification is...

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God’s Purposeful Affliction

As Paul writes to suffering and potentially discouraged Christians in Corinth, he reminds them that God is the God of all comfort. And one way that God comforts in trials is by letting us know that every pain in our life is allowed there for a divine purpose or, more accurately, for at least three purposes! Affliction Encourages Others “Who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). There is a sad old...

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Four Ways You Can Grow with Your Friends in Sanctification

God created the Church to help people flourish in community with one another. He didn’t give you or only a few individuals every single spiritual gift. Rather, the Holy Spirit dispersed them among God’s people. You and I are not an island unto ourselves. We are fallible and easily blinded by our sin which even means sometimes we deceive ourselves into thinking we are good when we aren’t. The Body of Christ is essential to your sanctification, which is why the Lord desires to use you to help others in their growth in grace. As we begin this article,...

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