Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
09/21/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 43: Expect Your Flesh to Attack, Part 3
Your duties: the flesh will say, “You prayed with your family, you went to church. That’s a lot more than most people do. You have fulfilled your duties very well.”
The flesh will try to persuade you that God is satisfied with your level of commitment, so there is really no need to pray every day. The flesh says “Don’t act like a monk in a monastery.”
There’s always tomorrow: when all else fails, the flesh will tempt you to put things off.
“You can start praying tomorrow, after you get through all the problems you have today. You will be able to give prayer the attention it deserves when you’re not spread so thin.”
When the mind is off guard, failing to keep watch, the affections and will are bound to follow.
God gave us a spirit of self-discipline. 2 Tim.1:7
Self-control is a fruit of the spirit. Gal.5:23
God promises rewards; stand firm. 1 Cor.15:58
Stay on guard, don’t fall. 2 Pet.3:17
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.