Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
05/10/2015, by John Kincaid
Lesson 597: The Source of Growth
St. Patrick helped unbelievers in Ireland 1600 years ago to understand that God is the source of all good gifts, including the sunshine which caused food to grow.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father
Acts 17:25 gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Psa.145:15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
Our attitude should be constant prayer that God will cause us to grow closer to Him and more like Jesus. This is God’s will; He delights to answer this prayer for each of His children.
Psa.27:4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
Psa.86:11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
God alone is the source of our growth. His desire for our growth, and His ability to accomplish it, is infinite.
Eph.3:16-19 according to the riches of his glory… you being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
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.