Changing Lives Ministry
Daily Devotional
"grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity."
2 Peter 3:18

Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
03/07/2015, by John Kincaid

Lesson 533: Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Our desires should motivate us to ask God for wisdom to find our purpose in serving Him.

Each believer is uniquely created with spiritual gifts, and a longing to be useful to God.

Until we know the tasks that God has planned for us individually, God’s Word guides all believers. All Christians will find fulfillment by craving what God has declared good.
We think of Scripture meditation as a way of chewing on and digesting God’s Word.

When we celebrate communion, it’s more than a reminder that Jesus died for us.

The spiritual forces of evil are not able to read our minds; they observe our behavior.
When we eat the Lord’s Supper, we swallow actual bread. But the symbol is a picture of something real that is far greater than food: we died with Christ.
The unsaved world says we should enjoy physical pleasure while we can.
1 Cor.15:32 quotes Isa.22:13 Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
Luke 12:19 eat, drink, be merry. Eccl.8:15, 9:7
As Christians, what should we do instead? We should not refuse to enjoy the blessings God has provided; He has commanded us to be thankful.

1 Thes.5:18 The difference for believers is why we should eat, drink and be merry.

The unsaved do it because tomorrow they die.

We do it because we sing with the risen Christ: yesterday we were dead.


About This Series

The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21

- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work


Changing Lives Ministries
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone: (828) 318-9825

For Further Reading

These authors and books were
helpful in preparing this series:

Bryan Chapell:
   "Holiness by Grace"
Kris Lundgaard:
   "The Enemy Within"
Jerry Bridges:
   "The Pursuit of Holiness",
   "The Practice of Godliness",
   "Respectable Sins",
   "Trusting God",
   "The Discipline of Grace",
   "Transforming Grace"
Warren Wiersbe:
   "Bible Exposition Commentary"
A.W. Tozer:
   "The Pursuit of God", 
   "The Knowledge of the Holy"
J.I. Packer:
   "Rediscovering Holiness"
Russell D. Moore:
   "Tempted and Tried"
Paul Tripp: "Instruments
   in the Redeemer's Hands"
Timothy Lane & Paul Tripp:
   "How People Change"

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Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from: The Holy Bible: English
Standard Version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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