Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
10/08/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 60: The Believer's Reluctance
There are 2 ways that our wills can agree to sin. It’s helpful to see the difference:
Jumping off the diving board – deliberately climbing the ladder, plunging into sin. This is what unbelievers do: drinking every sin, constantly lusting for more.
Hesitating on the diving board – when a believer sins, they are always reluctant, at least secretly in their hearts. The indwelling Holy Spirit is grieved, and fights the flesh. Gal.5:17
When Peter denied Jesus after the last supper, Peter hated what he was doing. He never stopped loving Jesus; his faith stumbled, but never totally failed.
The believer’s hesitation to sin is more than just agreeing in general that sin is bad. Each individual sinful thought, word, action or urge is a battle within every believer. The Holy Spirit resists every sin; the flesh resists every godly act of holy obedience.
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.