Thursday, 19 January 2017

Making You Perfect

Scripture: Hebrews 13 v 20 - 21: "Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen."

Our God and His Son, Jesus, have one aim with us and that is to make us perfect in every good work. Our aim should be exactly the same.  We want to do that which pleases our Lord Jesus and hear at the end of our journey through life, "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into your rest."

Jesus is working on you every moment of every day - talking to you, talking to God about you, looking for ways to bless you or change you so that you can receive a blessing. The secret lies in your communication with Him.

Jesus is in a full on relationship with every born again saint but often finds little response from us. We are so busy with our own things and issues that He is forgotten, yet He can sort out our things and fix our issues if we would only invite Him to do so.  We also have many pre-conceived ideas which cause us to be set in our ways so new methods from Jesus get ignored.

The ultimate perfection is when you are flowing with Jesus spiritually all the time and doing His will rather than your own. When you flow in harmony with Him your life becomes blissful. The cares of the world disappear and you accomplish so much seemingly without effort.

Jesus is our peace and His peace flows within us constantly so we may spread peace around, and those who are troubled will have their burdens lifted by His peace touching their lives. The abundance of peace in a person who is doing God's perfect will speaks louder than many sermons.

No matter how conflicting the world is becoming, the love and peace of Jesus keep us in perfect comfort. Even in the midst of turmoil if you have given Jesus your time and made the changes He wants to see in you, His peace and presence will never leave you. So if you have neglected your relationship with Him and left things undone, today is the day He wants to make you perfect.

Jesus created you in every dimension of your being, and He created you perfect.  When Satan had you, and everyone else, in His full evil power before the world's foundation, he twisted us out of shape and enticed us into things that hurt, marred and killed us.  God had to put us in human bodies so that the damage could be identified and fixed.

We are going through painful rehabilitation here on Earth, being made perfect for life in Heaven.  So don't gloat at other's misfortunes, or judge and condemn those who struggle with huge problems, rather be a help and blessing to them.  There but for the grace of God go I - bear that in mind when we are tempted to belittle or scoff.

Part of being made perfect is to increase our love and compassion for others.  We need to give, pray, care and be joyful to encourage the broken-hearted, the poor, the sick and hurting people around us.  Helping to perfect something in their lives will cause Jesus to fix something lacking in ours.  Do as you would be done by is the golden rule.

Perfection is Jesus so we have to become like Him, which is easier when we spend quality time with Him every day.  Being in His presence increases His Spirit within us which is His nature found in Galatians 5 v 22 - 24: 
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts."

So bring those lusts under His control - gluttony, addictions, sex, porn, power, money, worldly pursuits, and fill those gaps with affection for spiritual and heavenly things.  You will find you have gained the perfection He wants to see in you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I want to be a pleasing child who adores You.  I lay my life before You and ask You to make me perfect today. Use the power in the Blood of Jesus to change every contrary thing in me so I come into perfect harmony with You. Let Your peace and love flow through me to the lost and sorrowful who need You most. In Jesus' name. Amen.