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
03/05/2015, by John Kincaid

Lesson 531: Still at War

Some Christians recovering from addictions speak of their salvation as the “end of the war.”

Their testimonies include words like these: “Since I got saved, I never wanted another…”

They fill in the blank with a wide range of cravings: another cigarette, drink of liquor, shot of heroin, woman who is not my wife, credit card, X-rated website, etc.
But the common thread is the idea that sinful cravings ended at the moment of salvation for all true believers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

It is extremely harmful to believers, and helpful to Satan, when people accept this false belief.
Satan whispers in our ear: a real Christian wouldn’t still have those thoughts & desires.

We may be embarrassed to speak about our struggles with others, especially if they are legalists. But God’s Word says “bear one another's burdens”. Gal.6:1-2; Eph.4:2; Col.3:13
Rom.7:19 I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Rom.7:23-24 I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am!
God may set your desires free from craving sinful habits. But often He equips us to fight.

We are still at war against our sin. Every moment, every day, Christians still need Christ.


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"

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Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from: The Holy Bible: English
Standard Version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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