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A Thought for the New Year:  Let Us Go On Into Perfection

Monday, December 29, 2008

God calls us to go on into perfection.  When the Bible uses this word, it implies completion of a task or mission. God promises to give us grace so that we can complete our God-given assignments.  He uses our difficulties and our times of suffering to perfect us, by having us become more dependent upon Him, and by helping us to hate the evils of this world, to overcome them and to replace them with His love and His purposes.  He brings us through times of suffering better able to know, receive and live in His Divine grace and power, reaching another level of perfection, in living in Christ.  Our eternal mission is, and always has been, to be fruitful, to multiply, to affect the earth with His presence, and to reign in Christ over the earth.  Some daily applications:

Receive grace to go through trials and come into a higher place of understanding.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 NKJ)

Our Father has grace--Divine empowerment through Christ--to bring us through trials and difficulties.  He allows these things to come to us and He uses them to perfect us, to strengthen us, to establish us, and to settle us.  Through our sufferings we become more reliant on His power and more willing to live for all of His eternal plans and assignments.  We become prepared to rule over the evil spiritual powers who have tried to use these things to separate us from serving God.  We are able to cry out for more of His wisdom and grace in these times and are then better able to understand the need of others who are also going through times of suffering. Our loving Father is perfecting us through sufferings, preparing us to manifest His eternal glory.  As we focus on Jesus, filled with glory and honor, reigning on His throne, we hear Him call us to come boldly to the throne of grace.  We can see the river of life, the Holy Spirit, flowing from Him into us, imparting His ways into us, awakening us to the purity of His love and Being.  God uses our times of difficulty to cause us to cry out for more of His empowering life to come into us and to flow forth from us.  See the empowering flow of His grace perfecting and strengthening you, and establishing you as a pillar in His temple, so that others can be encouraged and strengthened by your testimony.

Father, we rejoice in Your perfecting grace that You extend to us so we can complete the tasks and missions You have created us for and assigned to us.  Help us to see You giving us Your Divine empowerment through the Holy Spirit amidst our times of suffering, so we can live in the eternal glory of Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

A Thought for the New Year: Let Us Go On Into Perfection

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

God calls us to go on into perfection.  When the Bible uses this word, it implies completion of a task or mission. God promises to give us grace so that we can complete our God-given assignments.  He uses our difficulties and our times of suffering to perfect us, by having us become more dependent upon Him, and by helping us to hate the evils of this world, to overcome them and to replace them with His love and His purposes.  He brings us through times of suffering better able to know, receive and live in His Divine grace and power, reaching another level of perfection, in living in Christ.  Our eternal mission is, and always has been, to be fruitful, to multiply, to affect the earth with His presence, and to reign in Christ over the earth.  Some daily applications:

Know that Jesus was made perfect through suffering

We have been trained to think that when God calls us to be perfect, He implies that we are very sinful and must stop sinning.  Yes, we are sinful and God desires that we stop sinning.  However, being perfect in God's understanding implies that we complete the tasks and assignments that He has given us before the foundation of the world.  Jesus never sinned; He always lived in and did the will of His Father.  Yet He had to be perfected.  He had to be perfected through sufferings.  His assignment, from eternity, stated at His birth, was that He should be the Savior of the world.  He was to be the Lamb who was to suffer for all men.  He was to be the One who would take away the sins of the world.  He was to be our Heavenly High Priest, imparting the life and character of God into His people.  In order to accomplish these things, He had to suffer.  He had to be the scapegoat and take our sins into hell so that He could minister this reality as our Heavenly High Priest.  He had to bear our griefs and sorrows so He could fulfill all that was prophesied of Him.  He had to complete all that was in His calling as our Savior, so that now He can fulfill all He is called to be and called to do as our Heavenly High Priest.  He now has the right to rule over Satan and his princes and powers that had ruled in the heavenlies over the earth.  He now can impart into us a life that is willing to do God's will amidst suffering and pain inflicted on us by those we are trying to help and show the love of God.  We can see Jesus, filled with the glory of God, having been exalted by His Father to be the Ruler of this world in and through His people.  We can let the life and love of Jesus, encouraging and empowering us with His Holy Spirit, enable us to persevere amidst our times of suffering.  We can receive the life of the will of God, and let His love flow into all of our being, effecting our emotions, our attitudes, our desires, our understanding and our mind.  We can receive the flow of His Spirit and let Him flow out from us to others.  We can complete all God gives us to do, becoming perfected by Him, so that we can reign eternally with His Son.

Father, we rejoice in Your great wisdom and in Your plan to perfect us so we can be and do all You created us to do and to be.  Help us to meditate on Jesus as He imparts His life and Spirit into us, so we can be united with You and live in Christ.  Unto Him be all glory and honor. Amen.

 

A Thought for the New Year:  Let Us Go On Into Perfection

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

God calls us to go on into perfection.  When the Bible uses this word, it implies completion of a task or mission. God promises to give us grace so that we can complete our God-given assignments.  He uses our difficulties and our times of suffering to perfect us, by having us become more dependent upon Him, and by helping us to hate the evils of this world, to overcome them and to replace them with His love and His purposes.  He brings us through times of suffering better able to know, receive and live in His Divine grace and power, reaching another level of perfection, in living in Christ.  Our eternal mission is, and always has been, to be fruitful, to multiply, to affect the earth with His presence, and to reign in Christ over the earth.  Some daily applications:

Let us go on into perfection

The writer of Hebrews admonishes us,  "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." (Hebrews 6:1-2 NKJ).  The call to go on into perfection has a sense of destiny, and a greater purpose than simply becoming a Christian, understanding the principles of Christianity, and bringing others to Christ.  All of these things are necessary, foundational, and basic to Christianity.  But now the writer is encouraging the readers to come into some of the greater purposes and plans of God.  The last chapters of Hebrews  emphasize the call to become perfect in Christ, by being perfected by Christ.  God gives us the sense of ruling with Christ, experiencing victory over the ways of sin and of our sinful nature, and of becoming united with Christ so we want what He wants, are aware of the impartation of His wisdom and revelation as a continual flow from His Spirit, and of as His role as our heavenly High Priest.  Hebrews presents the sense of having an eternal destiny and purpose in Christ; the sense of knowing Christ as fulfilling God's eternal plan to bring all things under Christ as He reigns becomes a reality.  In Psalm 110 God calls Jesus to His eternal plan for Him to be a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.  He promises to bring all things under the dominion of Christ.  He promises that His people will become willing as His power is manifested through them (Psalm 110:1-4).  The last chapters of Hebrews describe this role of Christ and our role with Him.  The last verses of Hebrews declare, "Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete [perfect] in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."  (Hebrews 13:20-21 NKJ).  Through Christ I can become perfect, knowing and doing every perfect thing He has prepared, before the foundations of the world, for me to do.  Through Christ our families, churches, communities, ministries and nations can be perfected, and the whole earth will be filled with His glory.  Let us go on into perfection!

Father, we rejoice in You.  We rejoice that You have made Jesus our Heavenly High Priest.  We rejoice in Your commitment and plan to bring all things under His dominion and rule through us, as He imparts His life and nature into us through the Holy Spirit.  Help us to know, receive and live in the particular tasks and spheres of influence you have for each of us in this process.  We pray for grace and empowerment to go on into perfection with You through Him.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the New Year: Let Us Go On Into Perfection

Thursday, January 1, 2009

God calls us to go on into perfection.  When the Bible uses this word, it implies completion of a task or mission. God promises to give us grace so that we can complete our God-given assignments.  He uses our difficulties and our times of suffering to perfect us, by having us become more dependent upon Him, and by helping us to hate the evils of this world, to overcome them and to replace them with His love and His purposes.  He brings us through times of suffering better able to know, receive and live in His Divine grace and power, reaching another level of perfection, in living in Christ.  Our eternal mission is, and always has been, to be fruitful, to multiply, to affect the earth with His presence, and to reign in Christ over the earth.  Some daily applications:

Know God's desire to raise up apostles, prophets and other anointed ministers who will pray for and mentor you in the perfection process

Jesus is called the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1).  He is called to perfect us through His sacrifice and by His blood (Hebrews 10:14).   He is called the author and finisher (completer) of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  The Bible says that when He ascended, He gave gifts to men--gifts for ministry.  Some were given gifts for being apostles, some for prophets, some for other aspects of the five-fold ministries.  The purpose of these gifts and ministries was to make the saints--the believers--into a perfect man, Jesus being the model of the perfected man (Ephesians 4:7-13).  God gave grace to His Son so He could be perfected.  He received this grace in Gethsemane, so that He could complete His role as Savior, suffering for us, taking our sins into hell, and being rejected by His Father.  When He completed His work, He cried out, "It is finished."  Now Jesus has grace for us to complete the tasks so that He reigns in all spheres of His kingdom.  God is continually raising up leaders with this vision and calling, so that the believers see themselves as saints, serving and reigning with Christ in the spheres He has given them to reign in, using the gifts and anointing He gives them.  Jesus is still doing this.  See Him, in glory, sending forth the flow of His Spirit into His apostles and prophets.  See Him giving gifts and visions to them so they can impart what they have received into the hearts and spirits of those under them.  Pray for the apostolic vision to be given to the church so the saints see themselves as sent ones, sent under the calling and anointing of Jesus, bringing forth the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Father, we rejoice in Your plan to bring all things under Christ.  We rejoice that You have given Him all authority in heaven and on earth.  Help us to heed Him as He raises up the fivefold ministers, so that He might bring others into His perfect work.  We rejoice that through Him we can become one with You as He is one with You.  What a great and merciful God You are, for bringing us to live in unity with Your perfect Being!  Amen.

 

A Thought for the New Year: Let Us Go On Into Perfection

Thursday, January 8, 2009

God calls us to go on into perfection (Hebrews 6:1).  When the Bible uses this word, it implies completion of a task or mission.   God promises to give us grace so that we can complete our God-given assignments.  Our eternal mission as humans is, and always has been, to be fruitful, to multiply, to affect the earth with His presence, and to reign over the earth (Genesis 1:28).  Each of us has been given specific tasks to perform in order for the Kingdom of God to be established over the earth.  Jesus told us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and as we do this, He is able to impart His ways and desires into us so that we can complete the work He has given us to do.  Some daily applications:

It is good to be perfect.

God is perfect.  He loves to do His will.  He has a perfect plan and a perfect way to perfect us, so that we can want to live in His will and participate with Him in His perfect plan.  God is at peace within Himself.  He is in harmony with His whole Being.  There is harmony within the Godhead.  The Father is united within Himself, and He is united with the desires of the Son and with the desires of the Holy Spirit.  There is unity and peace in God and in the heavenly place where God dwells.  There is harmony among the beings in heaven.  All that is not of God is kept from being manifested in heaven.  We too can be made perfect.  We can be changed so that we want to be united within ourselves with the plans and purposes of God.  God can impart into us His nature and character, through Christ, so we become one with Him, as Jesus was and is one with God.  It is good to be perfect.  It is God's plan to perfect us.  We can be made perfect as we let Him fulfill His destiny for us to be in Christ so that Christ is manifested in us.  Let us go on into perfection!

Father, we confess that You are perfect, and that You have perfected Your Son so that He can make us perfect through His living in us.  Help us to meditate on Him and to let the perfecting work of Your Holy Spirit complete His perfecting work in us.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the New Year: Let Us Go On Into Perfection

Friday, January 9, 2009

God calls us to go on into perfection (Hebrews 6:1).  When the Bible uses this word, it implies completion of a task or mission.   God promises to give us grace so that we can complete our God-given assignments.  Our eternal mission as humans is, and always has been, to be fruitful, to multiply, to affect the earth with His presence, and to reign over the earth (Genesis 1:28).  Each of us has been given specific tasks to perform in order for the Kingdom of God to be established over the earth.  Jesus told us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and as we do this, He is able to impart His ways and desires into us so that we can complete the work He has given us to do.  Some daily applications:

Jesus is called to make us perfect

Jesus loved to live in the will of His Father.  He came to show us the blessedness of living this kind of life,   He came to show us what a human being could do and become, living in the will of God and being empowered by the Holy Spirit.  He was perfected by His Father, through suffering.  He knew He was to be our heavenly High Priest, and to impart the heavenly life of God into the hearts of His people.  The High Priest needed a scapegoat, so that sins could be removed from the people.  He became the Scapegoat, took our sins upon Himself, and went into hell for us.  The High Priest needed a lamb so that the sins of the people could be punished.  Jesus became the Lamb of God and brought His shed blood into heaven, so that now as our High Priest He can remind His Father that the Lamb was slain and we do not have to be punished for our sins.  Jesus wants the best for us.  He did the best for us, and now He wants to do the best in us, uniting us with Him and empowering us with His Holy Spirit so we can accomplish the work God has for us to do as He brings all things under Christ. Let us seek Him to perfect us, so we can know the joy of living for God in Him.

Father, we rejoice in Your perfect plan to bring all things into Christ.  Help us to receive the perfecting life of Christ into all areas of our being, and to allow Your Holy Spirit to empower us so we can show the nations Your great mercy and grace.  Amen.

 

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