Prevailing Perfection

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IN CHRIST

I bruise easily.  If one didn’t know this about me they may wonder where all the bruises come from. Truth be known I am very good at beating myself up. But those kind of bruises don’t show on the outside. I bury them deep inside.

Why would I do this? Because I sometimes lose focus of my identity in Christ. When this happens a look in the mirror of my heart is devastating to me. To others I may seem like a nice person but to me….I know me. I know all the bad decisions I’ve made over the years. I know every flaw.  I know the struggles I have with areas in my life. I know my failures. Like the bruises that do show on my arms and legs from bumping into things; the inside bruises are also ugly and hurt.

But THEN when I regain my focus on who I am in Christ and that my righteousness is not in any thing I did, done or will do but solely on the finish Work of Calvary by the Blood of Christ, God sees me as perfect. Even if I were a “good” person and never ever did anything wrong or sinful I would not good enough to stand before our Holy God.  Jesus is the only perfect one. Our righteousness in ourselves is as “filthy rags.”.

Isaiah 64:6  AMP

For we all have become like one who is [ceremonially] unclean [like a leper], And all our deeds of righteousness are like filthy rags; We all wither anddecay like a leaf, And our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing], like the wind, takes us away [carrying us far from God’s favor, toward destruction].

The odd part is when I talk to people I find myself encouraging them to see themselves as complete in Christ and perfect no matter what their past is.  There is no sin to big or little for God to forgive. Past is past but we tend to bring things we cannot change, cannot fix and cannot do anything about and I for one, beat myself up for my foolishness…which in it self is–foolishness. We dwell in the stinky garbage of our past! The truth is the moment we repent the LORD forgave and forgot and our sins are as far as the East is from the West. Our God Who loves us s more than we can comprehend sees us in right standing, pure and perfected in Christ Jesus! Now that is Good News!

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,
And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.

It is true that I am visually challenged but my LORD is gracious and merciful and the more I know Him, the more I SEE His amazing love for me and for YOU. Are we to do good deeds and help others when we are able? Absolutely. But GOD loved us and accepts us just as we are while working within us that the world may SEE His good works and glorify Him.

Matthew 5:48 You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

Our Prevailing Hope is in Jesus Christ. We do not need to beat ourselves up over our sins, failures and bad choices. Jesus died for us, to take our punishment so we may know Him.

 1 Peter 2:24

He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed.

May we STAY focus on the TRUTH. Prevailing Perfection—is not something we have to work for or try harder to attained. We are made perfect in Christ Jesus.

In Christ we are flawless. May we never lose sight of this truth and His amazing grace. It is when we stop and look back  we can get tripped up on what God has already forgiven and forgotten. Let us set our eyes upon Jesus Who has made us flawless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOPE That Does Not Change

Brothers in armsWhere can you find peace in a world of chaos? Where do you search for hope when your life is falling apart? Do you want to know that you KNOW that even in the midst of this seemingly floundering world that everything really is going to be more okay? The good news is that it shall come to pass if you are born from above (accept Christ as your LORD and personal Savior) that your future could not be better. It is the Prevailing Hope that you can totally rely on because it is The Word of God.

In the Word of God (King James Version) the phrase “and it came to pass” is used over 400 times.  The first time is in Gen. 4:3 “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.” The last time in the Word of God “and it came to pass” is in 1 Thes. 3:4  “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.” Whereas in Rev. 1:1  the Word says “it shortly will come to pass.”

When you are in  the midst of turmoil, in agony from physical or emotional pain it may seem like it will never end. The Truth is whatever you are facing in life shall “come to pass,” in time. Every thing changes in this world except the WORD of God and His promises.  The struggles I have today will not be struggles 40 years from now for it this struggle will come to pass.  Even the good times we have in life also come to pass. I have been with friends who I wish we never had to part because we have fun and enjoy each others company. These times come to pass leaving behind good memories. Day changes into night, night changes into day, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years and one day it seems we wake up wondering how we changed so much!

The LORD God changes not. Our Hope can be put fully upon His Word because His Word doesn’t change.

The list of trustworthy people with authority and who have power on earth in my opinion is few. The ONE we can trust is King of kings and LORD of lords. His Word is Truth and hundreds of the prophecies of His Word have already came to pass. There are a few promises yet to be fulfilled. He is coming back soon.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
Jesus is the world’s Prevailing HOPE.  He came not to condemn the world but save the world. John 3:17  He came to give us the choice of choosing Life or Death. When we choose Life,  Our future is bright regardless of any hardship or extreme painful experiences you or I are having now as…these things shall also come to pass.
So what awaits the believer when h/she departs this earthly body or when the LORD returns? What I believe about Heaven is what is written in the Word of God…

1 Cor. 2:9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Ps. 16:11  You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This is a word picture that I relate too because I have a dog that responds exactly like this.

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