In this episode
- An encouragement about your emotions
- The relevant segment of our audiobook
- Notes from the blog
- Episode blog post: Failure: Learn how to overcome persistent sin
- Podcast introduction: Yabo Obien
- Logo design: Jeff Lyons at Light & Story
- Original music: Makeup and Vanity Set
- Kindle version of Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by John Hendryx at Monergism.com
- Text for Precious Remedies provided by GraceGems.org
Welcome back to the Theodio Podcast, I’m your host Dan Kassis.
We’re walking though the book Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks. Along with a segment of our original audio production of the book, we provide commentary and fresh insight, bringing this work of classic theology to life for you.
We’re closing in on the end of chapter 4 of Precious Remedies. Last time we talked about the importance of emotions in our Christian lives, and how to find balance between our faith and our feelings.
This time our subject is failure.
Our failure to conquer persistent sins is one of Satan’s favorite targets. But as usual, God’s grace has this one covered.
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Our ‘darling’ sins
The human ability to remain in destructive behavior is mind boggling. Think of the billions of dollars and thousands of lives tobacco use costs our nation each year. Or the additional costs of drunk or distracted driving. The passion of our pursuits defies explanation.
I heard this illustrated vividly one day in a radio interview with a man who had found victory over a particularly gripping pattern of sin.
“The first time I tried it, it made me vomit. The second time I tried it, I tolerated it. The third time, I was hooked for life.”
Wait a minute. The second time? How do you go back and commit a sin that made you sick the first time? What logic is there in that? What sense?
But that’s the thing about persistent sin. It defies logic and reason. It short circuits common sense. We will rationalize, minimize, and explain away to whatever degree is necessary our “darling sins,” as Thomas Brooks calls them.
Breaking free of that deadly pattern requires a power greater than our will, stronger than our resilience, and more trustworthy than our self-directed promises.
From Precious Remedies, here are six truths that counter our failure to conquer persistent sin. Satan uses our weakness to discourage us. But that’s when God’s strength is made perfect.
Let’s listen to Brooks now, and afterward I’ll provide some thoughts and illustrations of my own from the blog.
We hope you’ve found some help and encouragement today as we’ve explained, from Scripture and from Thomas Brooks’s writings, how to confront persistent sin.
Next time we will conclude chapter 4 of Precious Remedies with a discussion of our perspective on a lifetime of temptations. The way we choose to see things determines our attitude about life. Satan wants to us to think we’re in a bad place because we’re daily tempted to sin. But we’re going to show you, through a gospel lens, how to turn that attitude around.
We’re so glad you’ve continued with us on this journey. Please come back and listen again.