Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
02/26/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 524: Thirst for Righteousness
Jesus saw what Satan was doing; Jesus recognized the trap. Jesus also knew who He was, His identity.
Satan appeals to our appetite, the cravings of our flesh. “Come on. You know you want it.”
Phil.3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly
The temptation is always to turn toward our god: either myself or Jesus.
The battlefield may be our heart, our soul, our eyes, our tongue. But the question is always the same: where do you want to eat?
God designed our appetite for good, to pull us toward things we need: rest, nutrition, exercise.
We also create appetites through our habits and addictions: caffeine, sugar, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, gambling, TV, shopping.
Our body expects us to continue feeding the monster we created.
But only one thing can completely satisfy our thirst, even to overflowing.
John 7:37-38 Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
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.