I am no longer who I was.
I am becoming who my God created me to be.
1 Peter 1:21-23 (NLT)
Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory, your faith and hope can be confidently placed in God. Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts.
Ephesians 4:14-24 (NLT)
Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. Under His direction the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts to grow, so that the whole body is healthy and full of love.
With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed.
But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about Him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display the new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness—righteous, holy and true.
1 Peter 2:1-5 (NLT)
So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but He is precious to God who chose Him. And now God is building you, as living stones, into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please Him because of Jesus Christ.
As we spend time with God, learning from His Word and our fellow saints we are growing into the likeness of Christ. We are coming more and more into the fullness of who God has really made us to be, walking in His mercy and grace, loved completely as we continue to grow.
While walking in step with our brothers and sisters who are growing along with us we want to be aware of the doubts and judgements of others our enemy plants in our mind with thoughts. The thoughts of the imperfections and blindness we see in those around us in their walk with Jesus, especially in areas we have become free in. The truth is we are all being perfected. However, none of us have arrived. We are all growing and maturing at different rates.
We all have different wounds and weaknesses that cause us to grow in different areas other than where we are being transformed. Let us always compare ourself to Jesus as our standard for walking in the righteousness we are each given as a gift of grace instead of with each other. What we hold on to is that God is keeping His Word and promise to complete His good work in each and every one of us. He is doing this good work in all of us each day.
When we let the weaknesses or lack of maturity of another affect how we are walking with God in our journey we have let the enemy have room to influence us in the wrong direction. We have been turned looking for death in ourself and others instead of the life God has breathed into each of us. Our effort is to be spent on how we are living in the truths we do know and believe letting our example be the word of our testimony to the goodness and grace of God in our life.
As we keep our eyes on seeking the kingdom of God first this organizes our whole day. This also helps us to focus on life and not death as in the wrongs in of others. It is amazing that whatever we look for, that is exactly what we find. Let us keep our eyes on the prize we have in Christ Jesus, life and life abundantly each and every day. Our great adventure.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?