Sinclair Ferguson’s Four Steps to Kill Sin
From the January 2007 edition of Tabletalk:
1. Learn to admit sin for what it really is.
Call a spade a spade — call it ‘sexual immorality,’ not ‘I’m being tempted a little’; call it ‘impurity,’ not ‘I’m struggling with my thought life’; call it ‘evil desire, which is idolatry,’ not ‘I think I need to order my priorities a bit better.’
2. See sin for what your sin really is in God’s presence.
‘On account of these the wrath of God is coming’ (Col. 3:6
). The masters of the spiritual life spoke of dragging our lusts (kicking and screaming, though they be) to the cross, to a wrath-bearing Christ.
3. Recognize the inconsistency of your sin.
You put off the ‘old man,’ and have put on the ‘new man’ (Col. 3:9–10
). You are no longer the ‘old man.’ The identity you had ‘in Adam’ is gone.
It is as ‘simple’ as that. Refuse it, starve it, and reject it. You cannot ‘mortify’ sin without the pain of the kill. There is no other way!