High Resolution Living Pt.2

2 01 2007

Life never seemed easy for Dr Watson in Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The erstwhile medic, of no small intelligence himself, was constantly left in a state of bemusement at the acute deductions of his sleuth companion. Out of nowhere Holmes would evince a truth about someone’s behaviour or character, leaving both reader and crime fighting partner amazed. Holmes’ secret was ‘first principles’ – tracing back the apparent evidence to its source, following logical lines of enquiry until the ‘mysterious’ was made plain. I think that’s why I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes books and dramas so much.

But what about applying that method to our spiritual lives? In today’s resolution from Jonathan Edwards just such a procedure is advocated. Most of us fall into sin, confess, repent, and then fall into the same sin or one like it in a fairly short time. Our resolutions look empty, our hearts grow heavy, and we wonder how we can escape such a tedious and heartbreaking routine.

Edwards suggested a strategy for breaking this cycle which is so helpful. In resolution no.24 he states that he was ‘resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavour to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it’. Sound advice indeed, moving us away from accidental living, to intentional living, from passive godlessness to active godliness. That’s what I call high resolution living – not being content merely to combat the outcome of sinful impulses, but their causes and seek to cut off at source the reason for so many of our failures.

Elementary my dear Edwards…




One response

3 01 2007
Steve McCready

Hi Andrew. Thanks for the message you and Carolyn left on my blog. Welcome to the world of blogging. I enjoyed reading your articles, you have found great faith mentors in Edwards and Piper, stay away from Banner though!! just messing! I have kept up with you ministry in Armagh over the years and I have heard great stories of faith and Christ coming from Armagh Baptist. Keep in touch. All the best for 2007, who knows maybe this will be the year of the trumpet call and Lord’s triumphant return, wouldn’t that rock.BlessingsSteve

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