Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
04/06/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 563: Growing in Holiness, Pt.3
Often we approach the Bible in a panic. We experience something painful or a temptation in our life: a loved one dies, bad news from the doctor, a relationship is damaged.
We desperately look for a Bible, wipe off the dust, and try to find a comforting verse that we partially remember from years ago.
God calls us to approach Scripture as we might slide into a warm bath. We need to soak in God’s Word daily, resting in it as it cleanses us, relieving our stress, renewing our mind to face another day.
When we expose ourselves daily to God’s Word, it changes our desires and how we respond to temptation. We become more sensitive to subtle deception; we recognize the lie because we are familiar with truth.
The Spirit of God will use the Word of God to show us the will of God. The Spirit will strengthen us and enable us to actually do God’s will.
Beg God to expose any sin in your heart, any way that you follow wicked advice.
Psa.1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked
Psa.139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
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.