Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
08/22/2013, by John Kincaid
Lesson 13: The Heart of Moses
The Bible gives us a glimpse into how this battle with indwelling sin played out in the heart of Moses.
Heb.11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing to be mistreated with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, because Moses was looking to the reward.
Reproach means that someone expresses disapproval because you’re a Christian. If your unsaved friends notice you've changed, and they don't like it, that is valuable proof that you are growing in holiness. When they look at you now, they see a glimpse of Jesus. God has changed you.
If Moses refused to sin, the law of sin threatened to punish him with mistreatment & disgrace. Moses chose to obey the law of God, which always means disobeying the law of sin.
For anyone who follows Christ, sin promises suffering, trouble, danger, persecution, and loss. All believers are called to deny themselves, to share, and the hard work of putting sin to death.
Being a Christian is not for the faint-hearted, especially in areas where Christianity is forbidden. But there is persecution even in the United States. Most people would rather yield to sin than to live according to the words of Jesus.
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.