Song “This Heart Beat Changes Everything.” by artist “The Distance Between”

Song: This Heart Beat Changes Everything.
Album: Building Bridges.
Artist: The Distance Between.

God has clearly said …

“God has clearly said, “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Surely He has not commanded us to be holy without providing the means to be holy. The privilege of being holy is yours, and the decision and responsibility to be holy is yours. If you make that decision, you will experience the fullness of joy which Christ has promised to those who walk in obedience to Him.”
– from p.158 of “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.

Another defilement of spirit …

“Another defilement of spirit that has shipwrecked many Christians is bitterness. Bitterness arises in our hearts when we do not trust in the sovereign rule of God in our lives. …
We can become bitter against God or against other people. …
Bitterness toward people is the result of an unforgiving spirit. Someone has wronged us, apparently or actually, and we refuse to forgive that person. Instead we harbor thoughts of bitterness toward the person. We refuse to forgive because we will not recognize that God has forgiven us of far, far greater wrongs. We are like the servant who, having just been forgiven a debt of several million dollars, had a fellow servant thrown into prison over a debt of a few dollars (Matthew 18:21-35).”

– from p.123,124 of “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.

It is only by learning to …

“It is only by learning to deny temptation that we will ever put to death the misdeeds of the body. Learning this is usually a slow and painful process, fraught with much failure. Our old desires and our sinful habits are not easily dislodged. To break them requires persistence, often in the face of little success. But this is the path we must tread, painful though it may be.”

– from p.96,97 of “The Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges.

Preaching the gospel to …

“Preaching the gospel to ourselves every day addresses both the self-righteous Pharisee and the guilt-laden sinner that dwell in our hearts. Because the gospel is only for sinners, preaching it to ourselves every day reminds us that we are indeed sinners in need of God’s grace. It causes us to say to God, in the words of an old hymn, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.”

– Jerry Bridges

God’s ultimate goal for us, however, is …

“God’s ultimate goal for us, however, is that we be truly conformed to the likeness of His Son in our person as well as in our standing… Jesus did not die just to save us from the penalty of sin, nor even just to make us holy in our standing before God. He died to purify for Himself a people eager to obey Him, a people eager to be transformed into His likeness… This process of gradually conforming us to the likeness of Christ begins at the very moment of our salvation when the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us and to actually give us a new life in Christ. We call this gradual process progressive sanctification, or growing in holiness, because it truly is a growth process.”

– Jerry Bridges