Theme: To Be Useful Disciples We Must Confess Our Sins and Live Consecrated Lives.
Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:21 (NKJV)
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2 Timothy 2:21 (NIV)-21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
2 Timothy 2:21 (NLT)-21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:21 (TLB)-21 If you stay away from sin you will be like one of these dishes made of purest gold—the very best in the house—so that Christ himself can use you for his highest purposes.
This morning we must realize that none of us are perfect; the truth is that we all fall short! The process of discipleship was never for perfect people, on the contrary, Jesus always called those who in the eyes of others did not qualify. But we see that it was in the process of discipleship that they were to be transformed from day to day to the point of becoming vessels of honor, useful in the hands of the Master! It’s true we will fall short in our walk with the Lord. It is for this reason that we need to see the importance of confessing our sins as 1 John 1: 9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Our desire should always be to live with a clean heart, a life that honors the Lord daily. Our prayer should be Lord cleanse my life to be useful in discipleship! that he may teach others, and do your work. This was the Psalmist’s prayer in Psalm 51: 10-13, Create in me a clean heart, O God,And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence,And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me…Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” A life that is consecrated will impact the people around you! When we are clean vessels we will become useful in the hands of the Lord.
Today we must be open to receiving help from those people that the Holy Spirit has placed on our lives to help us in our walk with the Lord. The truth is that this takes honesty, humility and courage to recognize our faults, and to receive the forgiveness of God in our lives! As disciples we must be open and transparent to be corrected and receive spiritual direction when we need it. Only then will we grow and mature as disciples of the Lord. There is no other way that, being humble to ask God’s forgiveness, this attitude of heart God never despises as Psalm 51:17 declares, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”
It is when we confess our sins that we are cleansed to be useful in the hands of the Master. We must continually examine our lives and recognize our faults before God. In conclusion 2 7: 1 tells us, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Today we can be vessels of honor, useful in the hands of the Master, discipleship and touching many lives! It is possible, the grace and forgiveness of God is sufficient for our lives.
2 Timothy 2:19 (NKJV)-19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ[a] depart from iniquity.”
Isaiah 52:11 (NKJV)-11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there,T Go out from the midst of her, Be clean, You who bear the vessels of the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:17 (NKJV)-7 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)- And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)-10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 Timothy 6:11 (NKJV)-11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
2 Timothy 2:16 (NKJV)-16 But shun profane and idle bab, How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
Psalm 119:9 (NKJV)-9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
2 Corinthians 7:1N (NKJV)-7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.