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.