You Can Change 9: Change is inevitable

These are my notes and some reflections on Tim Chester’s book: You Can Change

Change is in our DNA:

Jesus came to set us free from sin and destroy Satan’s power.  He has begun a work in us that will end with our complete liberation from sin.  As a result we are now no longer enslaved to sin – we can change – “not-sinning is in our DNA” p61.

In the same way change is in our DNA – the end of the process is both inevitable and certain because is it God’s work and God always succeeds.

“I used to think sanctification was a bit like pushing a boulder up a hill.  It was hard, slow work and if you lost concentration you might find yourself back at the bottom.  But it is more like a boulder rolling down a hill.  There’s something inevitable about it, because it is God’s work and God always succeeds.  The sad thing is that often I try to push the boulder up the hill…” p62

Sanctified by Faith:

By faith we find God more desirable than anything sin has to offer.  By faith we embrace our new identity in Christ.  By faith we follow the new desires of the Spirit

Martin Luther famously said that all of life is one of repentance – as a result each day we need a kind of reconversion.  A turning afresh in faith and repentance towards Christ, our first love and a turning away from the temptation into spiritual adultery.

“In Greek mythology, the Sirens would sing enchanting songs, drawing sailors irresistibly towards the rocks and certain shipwreck.  Odysseus filled his crew’s ears with wax and had them tie him to the mast.  This is like the approach of legalism.  We bind ourselves up with laws and disciplines in a vain attempt to resist temptation.  Orpheus, on the other hand, played such beautiful music on his harp that his sailors ignored the seduction of the Siren song.  This is the way of faith.  The grace of the gospel sings a far more glorious song than the enticements of sin, if only we have the faith to hear its music.” (p64-65)

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~ by John on January 2, 2011.

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