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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
04/20/2015, by John Kincaid


Lesson 577: How Should We Live?

In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, Paul mentions godly or godliness in 8 verses:
 
1 Tim.2:2 [pray for all people, including those in positions of authority] that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
 
1 Tim.4:7 train yourself for godliness
 
1 Tim.6:6 godliness with contentment is great gain
 
1 Tim.6:11 Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
 
The word pursue indicates ongoing, lifelong action: never stop chasing godliness, never give up.
 
Peter looked to the future day of the Lord, when the heavens will be destroyed. 2 Pet.3:10-12 Because this event is coming, he asked what sort of people we ought to be: how should we live? He concluded that we should live holy and godly lives.
 
It is our duty (and a privilege God has given) to train ourselves to pursue godliness. We don’t need any special seminary degrees; God Himself had already enabled each of His children to live a godly life.
 
2 Pet.1:3 NIV His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

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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