A REMINDER OF HOW GOD SEES US
We are so conscious of our apparent limitations, and weaknesses, and we sure can’t deny they are real, but we must not just major on our failures and imperfections , but recognise that God’s perspective of us is seen from two very different positions.
I love the glorious truth that Paul shares with us in Phil.1:6 NKJV Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
PASSION I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!
N.L.T. I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
MESSAGE There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
I love the statement PLEASE BE PATIENT GOD ISN’T FINISHED WITH ME YET, I AM STILL A PROJECT UNDER CONSTRUCTION.
At times there seems to be so little progress, and it feels like one step forward, and two steps backward, let me remind you today that at that awesome moment when we were born again God planted His DNA in us, Peter describes it as an incorruptible seed 1 Peter 1:23 AMP.N.T. You have been regenerated (born again), not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God, spiritual conception took place and we were translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear son, Constantly God’s DNA, (His divine sperma) is working in us, and we are CHANGING MORE AND MORE INTO HIS LIKENESS.
So, don’t be discouraged today, that which God has begun to do in your life He has promised to continue to do until we are changed into His likeness. We must do our part and co-operate with the Lord, and learn to live the surrendered life continually, and seek to be continually filled with the Spirit Eph. 5:18 NKJV be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
I said God has two perspectives of us.
- He sees we are a work under construction, and the Lord will use many different ways to work in us, so the process leading to completion will be complete when Jesus breaks through the clouds, or when we are ushered into His eternal presence.
- He also sees the completed work Colossians 2:10 NKJV you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
PASSION our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe!
N.L.T. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Years ago, we used to sing a chorus, that highlights this truth:
I AM COVERED OVER WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT JESUS GIVES TO ME, GIVES TO ME, I AM COVERED OVER WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS AND HE LIVES IN ME, LIVES IN ME, WHAT A JOY IT IS TO KNOW MY HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES ME SO, HE GIVES TO ME, MY JESUS, WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME HE SEES NOT WHAT I USE TO BE, BUT HE SEES JESUS, JESUS The evil one likes to remind us of our failures and wants to keep on tripping us up, we need to declare to the enemy how God sees us, yes, we a work in progress, but through GOD'S SO GREAT SALVATION, we are COMPLETE IN HIM, we are embracing our inheritance, that was designed in eternity past, signed and sealed through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by God's grace we will continue to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ amen.