The Enemy Within

Our pastor’s recent sermon from Mark 9 concerning the healing of the boy with the unclean spirit showed us the seriousness and warfare that is involved in fighting the remnant of our own sinful flesh.  One point he brought out was that of unbelief.  Even in believers there are remnants of unbelief that lead them into sin if they are not on their guard.  A second point is that the fighting of sin is not easy for it does not want to leave.  With these thoughts in mind, I would like to invite you to read a book that will assist you in the task of fighting sin in your life.

These two points of Brandon’s sermon are brought our in Kris Lundgaard’s book, The Enemy Within – Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin.  Actually this book is a very modern and easy to read “rewriting” of two of the Puritan John Owen’s books, Indwelling Sin and The Mortification of Sin.  In Lundgaard’s words he has attempted to “bring Owen into the Twenty-first century.”

While I would not discourage you from reading Owen’s works, this book is also well worth reading.  Lungaard seeks to show us what the power of sin is, how it works, and what it does.  He then leads us in a summary of how to fight it and kill it daily.

From a personal perspective this is one of only a handful of books that has given me assistance in the daily mortification of personal sin.  I have benefited greatly from it and suggest it to you as an aid in your fighting and killing sin in your life.  Remember to kill sin in our lives, we must

  1. conquer unbelief and
  2. remember that it is not easy, but it is worth it.

As Owen once said, “Be killing sin or [sin] will be killing you.”  This book will aid you in this task.

Barry Sewell