Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
07/15/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 298: Resting In Him
Our instinct is to feel guilty, to pray for God to forgive us, to somehow try to atone for our sin.
Never trust that a prayer will force God to forgive us. Our heart must be truly sorry for our sin.
But the length & depth of our remorse does not impress God or earn His forgiveness.
True repentance does not involve striving or doing anything. We simply depend on Him. With humility, we just admit that we have to count on His mercy.
Faith, trust, believe. Anything else that we might offer God in exchange would be insufficient. We could never deserve His grace; we can only rest in it.
Exo.33:14 My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
Psa.37:7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him
Psa.116:7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Isa.30:15 thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
Matt:11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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.