Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Monday, April 24, 2006

Are you striving for perfection?

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." I John 4:17

He loves us perfectly.

His love will quiet your fears and give you confidence.

We as Christians need to strive to be more and more Christ like. This process will not be complete until we are face to face with our king.

No one can be as perfect as God.

The word perfect implies completion or maturity, more than just being sinless.

God wants to make us perfect in Him, a oneness with Himself.

There is a big difference between His perfection and the idea of perfection in our society today.

We as Christians are to live in perfect relationship with our heavenly Father.

In today's society there is this idea that we do not need God, that He is unnecessary. This is totally wrong, we are not supposed to be after self adoration, admiration, but to have that longing relationship that personal relationship with Him. We should not let our thoughts hinder us from getting closer, from letting Him use us. Our goal is to know Christ, to be like Christ, and to be all that Christ has for us. This should absorb all our time and energy trying to lay aside anything that would distract us from getting to our goal: Jesus Christ.

"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also, I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

We all have done things for which we are ashamed. With God we can look past the guilt and look forward to what we shall become in Him. We need not dwell on the past, but dwell on God, grow in His knowledge. Concentrate on your relationship with God now. We are to be fully confident of our salvation. We need to avoid pride and complacency as it will hinder our growth in Him.

All that we do ought to be founded on being perfect in Him, being one in him. We can not be self willed, it has to be the will of the Father.

Are you in control or is God?

"That they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John 17:21

We do not have to strive to be perfect, as we are already perfect if we are in Him.

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoughly furnished unto all good works." II Timothy 3:16-17

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