Mortify Sin

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
~ Colossians 3:5

The Best Means to Mortify Sin, by Thomas Brooks.

While a darling sin lives and keeps the throne in the heart, grace and holiness will be kept exceeding weak and low. But when your darling sin is dethroned and slain by the power and the sword of the Spirit—grace and holiness will quickly grow stronger and stronger, and rise higher and higher.

When a man has eaten poison, nothing will make him thrive, until he has vomited up the poison. Beloved sins—they are the poison of the soul, and until these are vomited up, and cast out by sound repentance, and the exercise of faith in the blood of Christ, the soul will never thrive in grace and holiness.

If ever you would attain to higher degrees of holiness, then fall with all your might, upon subduing and crucifying your most raging corruptions, and your most daring lusts.

Oh do not think that your golden and your silver idols will lay down their weapons, and yield the battle, and lie at your feet, and let you trample them to death—without striking a blow! Oh remember that besetting-sins will do all they can to keep their ground, and therefore you must arise with all your strength against them, and crush them to powder, and burn them to ashes.

Oh deal with your most enraged lusts, as the Philistines dealt with Samson—pluck out their eyes, and force them to grind in the mill of mortification, until their strength is utterly consumed and wasted.

I have read of five men, who being asked what was the best means to mortify sin, gave these answers.

Said the first, “The best means to mortify sin, is to meditate on death.”

Said the second, “The best means to mortify sin, is to meditate on the judgment-day.”

Said the third, “The best means to mortify sin, is to meditate on the joys of heaven.”

Said the fourth, “The best means to mortify sin, is to meditate on the torments of hell.”

Said the fifth, “The best means to mortify sin, is to meditate on the death and sufferings of Christ.”

Doubtless the last man hit the nail on the head.

The daily sight of a bleeding, groaning, dying Savior—is the only thing which will subdue and mortify darling sins.

O friends. Never leave looking up to a crucified Christ, until virtue flows from Him to the crucifying of those special besetting sins which do most obstruct and hinder the growth and increase of holiness.

Thomas Brooks from his writing “The Crown and Glory of Christianity, or, Holiness, the Only Way to Happiness”, 1662.

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
~ Romans 8:13

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
~ Colossians 3:5-6

For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
~ Romans 7:11

O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
~ Romans 7:24

Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
~ Isaiah 35:6-7

From Chapter 2 of Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers; The Necessity, Nature, and Means of It, by John Owen.

“Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you. Your being dead with Christ virtually, your being quickened with him, will not excuse you from this work. And our Saviour tells us how his Father deals with every branch in him that beareth fruit, every true and living branch. “He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit,” John 15:2. He prunes it, and that not for a day or two, but whilst it is a branch in this world. And the apostle tells you what was his practice, 1 Cor. 9 27, “I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.” “I do it,” saith he, “daily; it is the work of my life: I omit it not; this is my business.”

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
~ Romans 7:23

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Galatians 5:17

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
~ James 4:5

“He will slay the lust, and your latter end shall be peace.”

I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
~ Luke 13:5

If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
~ Isaiah 7:9

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
~ Matthew 3:10

But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
~ Hebrews 6:8

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