Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
12/13/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 84: Peace from the Flesh, Part 1
After we backslide, we might turn to Hosea 14:4 “I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.”
Apostasy means abandoning your faith (leaving, defecting). We might convince ourselves that God’s anger has cooled, and that we are healed. How can we know whether the voice is the flesh or the Spirit?
1st God will not allow a true believer to wander far in the wrong direction.
Psa.25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
The old hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing reminds us that we wander from God before and after salvation.
“Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God... O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it”
We may try to convince ourselves that we have peace, but it won’t last. Believers still sin, but they can’t enjoy it like unbelievers do.
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.