I was reading through a fellow blogger’s post the other day, when I saw this photo.
It gave me much hope, and much comfort. It makes me think of Philippians 1:6, which says, “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Guys, do we really understand what that means? Being sanctified is not based solely upon us! It is a work of God, a work that He promises He will finish “at the day of Christ Jesus,” when “He (Jesus) returns in glory to raise His people from the dead (3:11, 20, 21) and to receive universal homage” (Reformation Study Bible).
Do we need to cooperate and submit to the work of Jesus in our everyday lives? Of course. 2 Corinthians 8 speaks about continuing to give generously and “finishing the work” they set out to do. Does Christ cause that desire to be within us? Yes, but we have to obey the Holy Spirit. Jesus will not force His will in our lives.
But friend, if you are struggling for victory over a certain sin in your life, the answer does not lie in merely “trying harder.” Allow Jesus to be the captain of your ship, the Lord over your life– and rest in His great grace! As you walk in His grace, draw close to Him, and submit to the power of the Holy Spirit in your life, I can guarantee that you will see victory!
Drawing close to Jesus will naturally make you more like Him. Instead of trying to “be better” on your own, call out to the one who wants to bless and sanctify you (make you more like Himself).
Jesus started to make you more like Himself the day you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, and He will complete it. Let your soul rest in this truth.
You’re not finished yet; so enjoy the process with Jesus! ❤
Do you know Jesus?
Many people think that Jesus is merely a historical figure, and at best a guru who was popular in His day. But the Truth of it all is this: Jesus is risen, alive, and reigning over all things!
Learn more about Jesus, and how you can have a personal relationship with Him, here.
Please pray for…
- The Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu. Please continue to pray for them, both those inside captivity and those outside. May those in captivity be de-brainwashed, found and freed soon.
- Those who do not know Christ in general. Think of those around you who do not know Jesus– be intentional this week about praying for their salvation!
- That Christ would continue to bless bloggers like BeautyBeyondBones, who is the original owner of the picture I referenced! May she continue to reach people for Jesus’ glory!
Thank you for your prayers!