Friday, July 21, 2017

Perfect

Today if you stand in a group for any time at all you will hear someone refer to something as “perfect.” It a kind of thank you or recognition that something someone else has said is good.  But perfect?  Only God is perfect. However, it seems that God wants us to strive to be perfect like Him.
“Be perfect, therefore, as your Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).  The pursuit of being perfect I believe is the pursuit of holiness. “Because it is written, be holy for I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Yet Scripture is full of admonitions toward perfection. But there is only One who is perfect and that is Jesus Christ, “but my dove, my perfect one is unique” (Song of Solomon). And again in Hebrews 10:14 we read, “because of one sacrifice He was made perfect forever.”

We have no power on our own it is from God. “My grace is sufficient for us, His power is made perfect in my weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul had a thorn in his side; a messenger from Satan to keep him from being conceited because of the preference God had shown him. God is working everything together for our good and His glory Romans 8:28 tells us. “He is the Rock, His works are perfect” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

Because of what Christ alone has done on the cross for us we can rejoice in our sufferings. “Consider it pure joy when you come into trials of various kinds for the testing of your faith develops perseverance, and perseverance must finish its work so that you can be mature and compete (perfect) lacking nothing” (James 1:2-3).  But if we don’t know what to do God gives it to us. “ If anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given unto him” (James 1:5-6). He goes on to say not to doubt or we will receive nothing.  God is saying to trust in Him with all your heart and not your own wisdom or ways and he will direct your path in his perfect ways. We need to know His will that is written for us in the Word of God, the Bible. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV). That is the secret of walking in God’s perfect power.

As we trust in God and His Word we find peace, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast” (Isaiah 26:3). So be at peace brother or sister and walk in His way for this is the way of holiness and perfection. But remember that there is only One who is perfect and it is not you. Paul said, “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11).  And remember not to fear, “For perfect love castes out all fear” (1 John 4:18).

We are on a journey towards perfection and we will not have it until we see Jesus. “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even a I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).


“God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect (2 Samuel 22:33).

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