Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
02/13/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 511: Carried Through the Wilderness
Jesus went directly from His baptism into the 40-day wilderness temptation. Matt.3:13-4:2
Israel went from “baptism” at the Red Sea into their 40-year wilderness wandering.
Both Jesus and Israel were led by the Spirit of God into their tests. God did not tempt them to evil; He carried them.
Deut.1:31 in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went
Isa.40:11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
Isa.46:4 I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you
Psa.55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you
Psa.68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up
How did Israel respond to God’s provision and protection in their wilderness? They tested Him to see whether He would satisfy their desires.
God’s will was to do what was best for them, but they would not conform their will to His.
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.