“Although it’s true that our Savior vanquished all sin on Calvary, we know that we still have to fight to maintain our freedom, because it’s sin’s nature to enslave and entangle our hearts in unbelief, idolatry, and self-love.” -Elyze Fitzpatrick, Comforts from the Cross
“Men generally learn wisdom if they have wisdom. The artist’s eye sees the beauty of the landscape because he has beauty in his mind. “To him that hath shall be given,” and he shall have abundance, for he shall reap a harvest even from the field that is covered with thorns and nettles…We may find instruction everywhere. To a spiritual mind nettles have their use, and weeds have their doctrine. Are not all thorns and thistles meant to be teachers to sinful men? Are they not brought forth of the earth on purpose that they may show us what sin has done, and the kind of produce that will come when we sow the seed of rebellion against God?…You shall find books and sermons everywhere, in the land and in the sea, in the earth and in the skies, and you shall learn from every living beast, and bird, and fish, and insect, and from every useful or useless plant that springs out of the ground.” -Charles Spurgeon, Talks to Farmers
“Death came in by the ear at the first. Adam hearing the serpent, that he should not have heard, death came in by the ear. So life comes in by the ear. We hear, and then we see: ‘As we have heard, so have we seen,’ say they in the psalm, Ps. xlviii. 8. It is true in religion, most of our sight comes by hearing, which is the sense of learning. God will have it so.” -Richard Sibbes, Glorious Freedom
“A man till he be in Christ is a slave; not of one man or of one lord over him, but he hath so many lords as he hath so many lusts.” -Richard Sibbes, Glorious Freedom
“The same principle applies with any addiction or sin pattern, from pornography to alcohol to pills to work. We become enslaved whenever we seek to salve our pain and heal ourselves with anything other than Christ. We become addicts to sin.”- Rankin Wilbourne
BTW NOTE: This is how you know you’ve made an idol of something
“It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope that there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.” -Thomas Nagel, The Last Word, 130.
“The British writer G. K. Chesterton once observed that the reality of sin can be seen on a lovely Sunday afternoon when bored and restless children start torturing the cat.” -David Brooks, The Road to Character