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
05/20/2014, by John Kincaid

Lesson 242: Delight in Christ 

God’s provision of grace, receiving His undeserved favor, is our greatest joy.
Psa.35:9 my soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation.
Psa.37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
As we delight in Christ, God uses our faith to bring joy into the lives of others.
Luke 1:14 [the angel told Zechariah that he would have a son, John the Baptist] you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.
Yet many believers fail to live with this joy.  New believers are “on fire” because they know that they were forgiven & justified by grace.  But over time they forget that God still views them in Christ.

The loss of joy, the frustration and doubt, are the result of trying to satisfy God’s requirements in their own strength, trying to keep themselves saved by works.

They see Christian life as a treadmill, where they keep performing, hoping to earn God’s love.

The key: Christ’s strength and Christ’s joy in us. He is more than enough.


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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