Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
08/19/2013, by John Kincaid
I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. Rom.7:21
Lesson 10: 4 Truths About Sin (Part 3)
4) This law never rests – God’s grace rules in a believer’s heart. In general, we always want to please God. (Rom.7:18 - I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out).
Sometimes we feel led to pray or give or encourage or help a specific person. The law of sin opposes both; it is always pulling against any desire to obey God. Even when we are determined to pray, the law of sin will make us drowsy, or distract us somehow.
Even when we decide to support some ministry, the law of sin will remind us that we have bills to pay, and whisper that the rich church members can easily take care of that need. Every believer is also a sinner. Our sinful nature and the Spirit are in conflict.
Gal.5:17 - the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
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.