Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
02/16/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 514: The Heart Wants What It Wants
Emily Dickinson wrote “The heart wants what it wants”. Our desires powerfully influence our actions each day.
Often we like something or feel attracted to someone, and we don’t know why. Sometimes when people “fall in love”, they can’t describe what happened. So they talk about chemistry or a “spark”.
Sometimes we also want something and wish we didn’t. The Good Shepherd is not the only shepherd; Jesus is not the only one who leaves the 99 to go after one who strays.
God calls us to walk according to the Spirit, following God rather than our flesh. Rom.8:4-8
We crave many things: relief from pain, someone to praise us or pay attention to us, security, power, money, food.
If our desire is turned away from God’s purposes, it controls us.
Rom.1:25 NIV They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator
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.