Monday, April 22, 2013

Just to Encourage You

Philippians 1:6 (NASB)  For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

We don’t have to wait until we have it all together.  We don’t have to hang our heads in shame because we aren’t perfect.  We are all works in progress.  Jesus Christ has begun to work in all of us who have accepted Him as our savior.  He already knows that we can’t succeed in our own strength.

No matter where you are in your Christian walk (even if you are crawling), you have everything you need in order to be what God wants you to be.  The seeds were planted when you surrendered your life to Christ.  The good work began with that decision, and as the ground is cultivated, the seeds get watered, and the weeds get plucked up, you will grow in Christ.

If your heart is willing, you will mature in your walk with the Lord.  As the good work grows, the bad habits drop.  As you hunger and thirst after righteousness, the desire for things of this world will dissipate.  Don’t get discouraged when you find yourself slipping backwards into carnality.  We all have our struggles.  God has the perfect solution: repent, ask for forgiveness, seek His guidance in getting back on the straight and narrow.

Above all, don’t compare your Christian journey with anyone else’s.  What you need may not be what the next person needs.  Share your testimony of what God did for you, but don’t make it a road map for someone else.  The same good work Christ began in you, He began in them as well.  It doesn’t matter if you got saved yesterday or 30 years ago, Christ is still perfecting the good work in all of us.  Let’s encourage one another wherever we may be on this journey.

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