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“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.”
Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness
“Every day is important for us because it is a day ordained by God. If we are bored with life there is something wrong with our concept of God and His involvement in our daily lives. Even the most dull and tedious days of our lives are ordained by God and ought to be used by us to glorify Him.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“In the deceitfulness of our hearts, we sometimes play with temptation by entertaining the thought that we can always confess and later ask forgiveness. Such thinking is exceedingly dangerous. God’s judgement is without partiality. He never overlooks our sin. He never decides not to bother, since the sin is only a small one. No, God hates sin intensely whenever and wherever He finds it.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“Too often, we say we are defeated by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated. We are simply disobedient. It might be good if we stop using the terms victory and defeat to describe our progress in holiness. Rather, we should use the terms obedience and disobedience. When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may in fact be defeated, but the reason we are defeated is because we have chosen to disobey.

We need to brace ourselves up and to realize that we are responsible for thoughts, attitudes, and actions. We need to reckon on the fact that we died to sin's reign, that it no longer has any dominion over us, that God has united us with the risen Christ in all His power and has given us the Holy Spirit to work in us. Only as we accept our responsibility and appropriate God's provisions will we make any progress in our pursuit of holiness.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“Preach the gospel to yourself every day.”
Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness
“God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“That which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God. Our suffering has meaning and purpose in God's eternal plan, and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for His glory and our good.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“Worship from the heart in times of adversity implies an attitude of humble acceptance on our part of God's right to do as He pleases in our lives.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“Lord, I am willing
To receive what You give.
To lack what You withhold.
To relinquish what You take,
To suffer what You inflict,
To be what you require.”
Gerald Bridges, Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God's Unfailing Love
“We're more concerned about our own "victory" over sin than we are about the fact that our sins grieve God's heart.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe God will allow nothing to subvert His glory so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“Our duty is found in the revealed will of God in the Scriptures. Our trust must be in the sovereign will of God as He works in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives for our good and His glory.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“Even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“We obey God's Law, not to be loved but because we are loved in Christ.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“As we grow in holiness, we grow in hatred of sin; and God, being infinitely holy, has an infinite hatred of sin.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“We ought to be as earnest and frequent in our prayers of thanksgiving when the cupboard is full as we would be in our prayers of supplication if the cupboards were bare.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“... self-control is not control by oneself through one's own willpower but rather control of oneself through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“A son or daughter in any human family is either born to or adopted by the parents. By definition, a child can't be both. But with God we're both born of Him and adopted by Him.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“Only when we're thoroughly convinced that the Christian life is entirely of grace are we able to serve God out of a grateful and loving heart.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“One of the most difficult defilements of the spirit to deal with is the critical spirit. A critical spirit has its root in pride. Because of the 'plank' of pride in our own eye we are not capable of dealing with the 'speck' of need in someone else. We are often like the Pharisee who, completely unconscious of his own need prayed "God, I thank you that I am not like other men" (Luke 18:11). We are quick to see - and to speak of - the faults of others, but slow to see our own needs. How sweetly we relish the opportunity to speak critically of someone else - even when we are unsure of the facts. We forge that "a man who stirs up dissension among brothers" by criticizing one to another is one of the "six thing which the Lord hates" (Proverbs 6:16-19)”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“As we grow in the knowledge of God's holiness, even though we are growing in the practice of holiness, it seems the gap between our knowledge and our practice always gets wider. This is the Holy Spirit's way of drawing us to more and more holiness.”
Jerry Bridges, The Practice of Godliness / The Pursuit of Holiness / The Pursuit of Holiness, Bible Study
“The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 ... obeyed by faith ... obedience is the pathway to holiness ... no one will become holy apart from a life of faith. Faith enables us to claim the promises of God, but it also enables us to obey the commands of God.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“... we did decide to trust Christ, but the reason we made that decision is that God had first made us spiritually alive. ... God comes to us when we're spiritually dead, when we don't even realize our condition, and gives us the spiritual ability to see our plight and to see the solution in Christ. God comes all the way, not partway, to meet us in our need. When we were dead, He made us alive in Christ. And the first act of that new life is to turn in faith to Jesus.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“As we become soft and lazy in our bodies, we tend to become soft and lazy spiritually.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“When we commit ourselves to the pursuit of holiness, we need to ensure that our commitment is actually to God, not simply to a holy lifestyle or a set of moral values ... offer yourselves to God, and in doing that commit yourselves to the pursuit of holiness in order to please Him.”
Jerry Bridges, Holiness Day by Day: Transformational Thoughts for Your Spiritual Journey
“Because God is sovereign, He is able to answer. Because He is faithful to His promises, He will answer.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts
“The Holy Spirit makes us aware of our lack of holiness to stimulate us to deeper yearning and striving for holiness. But Satan will attempt to use the Holy Spirit’s work to discourage us.”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness
“Every day that we're not practicing godliness we're being conformed to the world of ungodliness around us.”
Jerry Bridges, The Fruitful Life
“God's guidance is almost always step-by-step; He does not show us our life's plan all at once. Sometimes our anxiousness to know the will of God comes from a desire to peer over God's shoulder to see what His plan is. What we need to do is learn to trust Him to guide us.”
Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

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