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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
07/16/2014, by John Kincaid


Lesson 299: Turning From All Our Works

When we get down to the core, repentance means depending on God alone for mercy.

To repent means to turn. But repentance is not just about turning from bad toward good.

Repentance is not about trying to improve our behavior. It is not a change from sinful works to godly works.

Repentance is a turning away from all human works; turning toward God only.
 
Obedience will follow repentance, but don’t expect God to forgive based on how we obey. Remorse leads to repentance, which leads to a change in our behavior.

Our gratitude for God’s mercy will motivate us toward obedience and service. But the Holy Spirit convicts us with awareness that all our actions fall terribly short.

That is the source of our gratitude, and it prevents us from trusting in our obedience.
 
Acts 14:15 we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
 
Acts 26:20 they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.

 

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
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Changing Lives Ministries
Asheville, NC 28803

ministrychanginglives@gmail.com

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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