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
08/10/2013, by John Kincaid

Lesson 1: Putting Off the Old Self

“put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires” Eph.4:22

A farmer prepares and plant his fields. He has no control over the rain or sunshine. He depends on God to make the harvest possible. But he knows that there will be no harvest unless he works the field. God does not plow or spread fertilizer; that’s the farmer’s job.


“The pursuit of holiness is a joint venture between God and the Christian.” (Jerry Bridges) God made it possible for believers to walk in holiness, but He gave us the responsibility to walk.

We like to talk about Christ paying for our sin. We hesitate to face our duty to walk in holiness. God will not walk our life for us. We pray when we should obey; we talk when we should walk.

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” Heb.12:14

The verb strive that begins Heb.12:14 means to pursue, chase after, follow, press on quickly toward a goal, to seek eagerly, to work earnestly to gain something. This pursuit requires lifelong diligence and effort; we never reach perfect holiness in this life. When we conform to God’s will in one aspect of holiness, God exposes another area of need.

What is the distinction between God’s provision and our duty regarding holiness? Which part should I do? Which part should I wait for God to do? We need to know. The Bible has the answers.

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


Changing Lives Ministries
Asheville, NC 28803

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"

Copyright © 2013 Peace In Believing Ministries, All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from: The Holy Bible: English
Standard Version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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