Perfection. What a word. We throw it around as if it can be attained. It cannot. Perfection is a word that should be reserved for one Person only: God. To call anything else perfect is a slight to the Creator. Nothing is perfect except for our Maker. Nothing even comes close. He is holy in his perfection; set apart from everyone and everything. What a gem it is, then, to be granted salvation! To be considered holy and perfect through the humbling power of His blood. I am now perfect in his sight. Amazing!
…he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. ~ Ephesians 1:4 ESV
I often struggle with disbelief. I love 2 Corinthians 3 because it reminds me to continually remind myself of the transformation Christ blessed upon me with his Spirit. The Holy Spirit is my proof. All I have to do is consider my heart, consider my life, and consider His work on and in me that can only come from the Holy Spirit. Then my disbelief is eradicated.
You know my issues.. way better than I do. Please show me what you need me to learn today. Forgive me for my distractedness. Forgive me for my ignorance. Open up my eyes to my sin. Show me my wretchedness. Show me my selfishness. Show me my inability to bend. Bend me and break me if you need to. Take my life and skillfully mold me to your will and your way. Direct my path because the path I tend to get on is one of selfish desire and distraction.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” – Psalm 139:23-24
I have always thought of Satan as pathetic. Sadly when I really think about who he is and what he is capable of, I fear too many of us give him way less credit than he should get for things of this world. We discount and dismiss anything that could even look like his handiwork when in reality if you really, really think about it, Satan has had thousands upon thousands of years to perfect the art of deception. Do you think that you, at your 20-80 years of age, understand all that he is capable of? Paul states his hope the the church at Corinth that they (and we) would not be outwitted by Satan. He wants us not to be ignorant of his designs however too many of us have stuffed him in a corner either out of fear or blatant self-imposed ignorance. We need to be smart Christians and consider what he is capable of. I often find myself in situations where I ask “Why is this happening to me?” I become selfish and self-absorbed. I ask God to take the situation away from me or to help me through it. When I flip it on it’s head and start thinking in the offensive it opens up an entirely different potential side to what is going on. Perhaps there is a person that I am supposed to help win for Christ and Satan’s design is to knock me down and out before I even have a chance to talk to that person. Or think about larger issues that affect masses of people. Like our food supply. Could it be that he contaminated it to make us all sluggish, obese, and sick so we would be way less effective in our ministries? Realistically when you start to consider how truly gifted Satan is in the simple yet profound art of deception is when you will truly start to become a better ambassador, steward, and warrior for Christ.
“so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:11
You have been more than patient with my daftness. You deserve my praise and adoration. You deserve my everything yet I sit here day after day dealing with silly worldly issues. NOTHING. These issues are nothing! Nothing compared to my commission. Nothing compared to my stewardship. I am an ambassador for you, Christ and here I sit not doing my job. Forgive me for getting caught up in this world and all the drama that comes with it. Father, today I will start again. Today I resolve to see this new day and simply start.