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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
03/17/2015, by John Kincaid


Lesson 543: The Goal

Faith requires us to confess Jesus is Lord, believing His resurrection. Rom.10:9-10

True saving faith will obey God and work through love. James 2:14-26; Gal.5:6

The problem is when we try to find security in something we can measure: a date, a place.
 
When we are suffering, we want to look for God to see if He is still there. But we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Cor.5:7 We believe God’s Word; no airtight guarantee allows us to bypass faith.
 
1 Cor.1:22, 24 Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom… Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
 
What is the most important goal in life? Finding security and protection? Unbelievers work long hours, so that they can make enough money to buy security systems to protect their valuables.

If safety and comfort is our goal, we will use God as a vehicle to reach our real god. At least until God leaves us stranded on the side of that road.
 
God is welcome until He threatens our real god. Then we grumble and pull away from Him.

Jesus was concerned about more than protection. He loved us enough to die for us.

 

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
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Changing Lives Ministries
Asheville, NC 28803

ministrychanginglives@gmail.com

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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