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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
06/25/2014, by John Kincaid


Lesson 278: Already Loved

Our heavenly Father has the same regard for us as He does for His Son. We are in Him.
Rom.8:1; Eph.1:3-14,2:18-22; John 1:4, 14:20, 15:4-5, 16:33, 17:21; 2 Cor.5:17,21; 1 John 5:20
 
We must accept by faith that God’s regard for believers cannot change. He already loves me. Before Jacob did anything, good or bad, God loved him. Rom.9:10-13
 
God has already glorified me; it just hasn’t happened yet. But He is outside of time.

In the flow of time, my holiness is not yet perfect. But God does not have to wait to see how history turns out. He already knows. In fact, He is sovereign; He is in control of history.
 
What should be my attitude about obedience, and performing the duties God requires?

Doing my duty will not increase His love; failing will not decrease His love for me.

Working to earn God’s love is pointless. He loves me fully, perfectly; His love can’t change.
 
While we were God's enemies, Christ died for us. Rom.5:5-11 There is no greater love. John 15:13
 
1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved 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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