You’re Perfect while being made ‘Holy’

‘He forever made perfect those who are being made holy’ Hebrews 10:14 NLT

Stop putting yourself down by saying ‘I keep failing, so I’m no good. I never do anything right.’ If you keep telling yourself that, you will find evidence to prove it. One counsellor says: ‘Putting yourself down reinforces rather than corrects your imperfections by placing unnecessary attention and energy on everything that’s wrong, rather than what’s right with you. Why would you do this knowing the only possible result is a negative outlook, more negative feelings, and less appreciation for the gift of life? People who regularly put themselves down are seen as complainers, not to mention the example they set. Everyone has aspects of themselves they’d like to improve, but this doesn’t mean you should beat yourself up.’  The Bible says, ‘He forever made perfect those who are being made holy.’ Max Lucado writes: ‘Underline the word perfect. Note, the word isn’t better. Not improving. Not on the upswing. God doesn’t improve; He perfects. He doesn’t enhance, He completes… I realise there’s a sense in which we’re imperfect. We still err. We still stumble. We still do exactly what we don’t want to do… that part of us is ‘being made holy’. But when it comes to our position before God, we’re perfect. When He sees each of us (who have placed our trust in Christ to save us), He sees someone who has been made perfect though the One who is perfect – Jesus Christ.  Yes, you should continue to work on improving yourself, but go easy; stop often and remind yourself that you are ‘being made new and are becoming like the One who made you’ (Colossians 3:10 NCV)

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Don’t Neglect your Faith

‘God has dealt to each one a measure of faith’ Romans 12:3 NKJV

You can’t sit back and do nothing, believing that God will do everything for you. You have a part to play. Paul says God gives each of us ‘a measure of faith’. Jude says you develop spiritually by ‘building (yourself) up on your most holy faith’. (Jude v20 NIV). Faith under attack is just faith under construction. It’s in the battles of life that you discover whether you have nurtured faith or neglected faith. In Bible times, many Romans soldiers used a scutum, a shield that protected them from head to toe. It was made of wood and upholstered with thick layers of canvas and leather.  Its curved shape meant the flaming arrows of the enemy would glance off and fizzle out before they could harm the soldier. Now you understand what Paul meant; ‘Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one’ (Ephesians 6:16NIV). Satan’s arrows can’t penetrate your heart when it’s pure, saturated in Scripture, and fortified by faith. That’s why Jesus told Peter, ‘Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail’ (Luke 22:31-32 NKJV). It’s your faith that’s under attack! It’s your faith that needs to be fed! It’s your faith that sustains you in life’s battles! Jesus told us to ‘have faith in God’ (Mark 11:22 KJV). Note, Jesus didn’t tell you to have faith in something bigger than yourself. No, He said to have faith in God. It’s the time you spend with God in prayer and the Scriptures that strengthens your faith to win life’s battles.

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