Help for mortifying the flesh

This morning I finished preaching a brief series on the mortification of the flesh (Rom. 8:12-13 and Col. 3:1-17).

Fighting against remaining sin is the greatest difficulty in the believer’s life and the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficient power of Christ and the Spirit.

As I have studied and thought about this topic over the years, I have been helped by a number of resources from a variety of writers.  Here are some of the most helpful of the books I’ve read.  I commend these books to you and trust that you also may be helped in your battle with sin:

  • John Owen, The Mortification of Sin.  This is the classic on the topic.  It’s worth reading his original work (not a modern “easy to read” version), and the one with J. I. Packer’s introduction.
  • John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation.  This is a compilation of three of Owen’s works:  On the Mortification of Sin, Of Temptation, and Indwelling Sin.
  • Wayne Mack, A Fight to the Death.  Very helpful, and written by one of the most influential biblical counselors of our day.
  • Stuart Scott, Killing Sin Habits Brief, but concise, direct, and helpful.
  • Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within.  I’ve read this at least twice, and read many sections many additional times.  This is a very helpful book and easy to read.


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