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Jerry Bridges – In No One’s Debt

28 Nov

As the Sovereign Ruler of the universe, God has the right to require perfect obedience and faithful service from all of us without in the least obligating Himself. We owe Him that obedience and service. If we were to perfectly obey every command God has given and faithfully perform every duty- which, of course, we never do – we still could only say, “I have merely done my duty.”

Through the inspired pen of the apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit again asserts God’s freedom from obligation to anyone: “Who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” (Romans 11:35). This assertion wasn’t made in a vacuum. Paul had been dealing with the difficult question of the Jews’ future in the face of God’s apparent spurning of them in favor of the Gentiles. Regardless of how we understand that future, the principle stated by the Holy Spirit through Paul is crystal clear: God doesn’t owe anyone anything.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 82

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Jerry Bridges – Peace Through Thanksgiving

22 Nov

The great antidote to anxiety is to come to God in prayer about everything. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). Nothing’s too big for Him to handle or too small to escape His attention. Paul said we’re to come to God “with thanksgiving.” We should thank Him for His past faithfulness in delivering us from troubles. We should thank Him for the fact that He’s in control of every circumstance of our lives and that nothing can touch us that He doesn’t allow. We should thank Him that in His infinite wisdom He’s able to work in this circumstance for our good. We can thank Him that He won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The promised result is not deliverance, but the peace of God. One of the reasons we don’t find this peace is that all too often we won’t settle for anything other than deliverance from the trouble. But God, through Paul, promises us peace, a peace that is unexplainable. It will guard our hearts and minds against the anxiety to which you and I are so prone.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 81

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Jerry Bridges – Assurance of Eternal Life

15 Aug

How then can I know that I have eternal life – that I’ve indeed come into a right relationship with God? The Scriptures show us three means by which God assures us that we do have eternal life: (1) the promises of His Word, (2) the witness of the Spirit in our hearts, and (3) the transforming work of the Spirit in our lives. The unsearchable riches of Christ are a treasure trove of blessings given to us. Part of that treasure is the assurance God gives that we do have eternal life. Don’t stop short of availing yourself of His riches until you have that assurance.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 237

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Jerry Bridges – From Independence to Dependence

13 Aug

Ever since the Fall, God has continually worked to cause His people to realize their utter dependence on Him. He does this through bringing us to the point of human extremity where we have no place to turn but to Him.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 235

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Jerry Bridges – God’s Goal For Every Christian

1 Aug

The Holy Spirit’s work in transforming us more and more into the likeness of Christ is called sanctification. Our involvement and cooperation with Him in His work is what I call the pursuit of holiness. That expression is taken from Hebrews 12:14: “Strive for [literally: pursue] … the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” This pursuit requires sustained, vigorous effort. It allows for no indolence, no lethargy, no halfhearted commitment, and no laissez- faire attitude toward even the smallest sins. In short, it demands the highest priority in a Christian’s life because to be holy is to be like Christ – God’s goal for every Christian.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 8

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Jerry Bridges – Saying No to Our Own Desires

26 Jun

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. – Gal. 5:24

We must realize that in putting sin to death we’re saying no to our own desires. Sin most often appeals to us through our desires, or what the older writers called our affections. Not all desires, of course, are sinful; we can desire to know God, to obey Him, and to serve Him. There are many good, positive desires.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 233

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Jerry Bridges – How Can God Be Pleased With Me?

14 Jun

Is God pleased with me? Is He smiling on me with Fatherly favor?

The answer to that question is an unqualified yes. God is smiling on you with Fatherly favor. He is pleased with you because He sees you as holy and without blemish in Christ. Do you want to talk about performance? Then consider that Jesus could say matter-of-factly and without any pretentiousness, “I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29).

When our Father looks at us, He does not see our miserable performance. Instead, He sees the perfect performance of Jesus. And because of the perfect holiness of Jesus, He sees us as holy and without blemish.

I like the translation of Ephesians 1:6 in the King James Version: “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Or to be more direct, God has made us acceptable to Himself through our union with Christ. You will never be accepted in yourself. You can never, to use a figure of speech, “scrub yourself clean.”

We never reach the point where we can look inside ourselves to find the holiness we need to stand before a holy God. But God in His grace has provided a perfect holiness in the person of His Son. Through our union with Him we have been made holy.

~Jerry Bridges~




Holiness: Day by Day (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 190

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