Our failures build resolve. They give us insight into what we need to do to have victory over sin.
1 My child, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, 2 that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
We each have our vulnerabilities. Our tendencies are particular to our environment, heritage, temperament, and history. God used to say, “This is how I want you to be.” Now, He says, “This is how I will make you to be if you’ll let me.” He even came into our lives so that He could work with us on our character and godliness.
Being like Jesus is our goal and it’s going to take His help, His strength, and His guidance to reach that goal. Praise His Name, He wants the very same thing for us! He is building us up into a temple for Himself. In fact, we are already mobile temples: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
With the Holy Spirit in us, we have a new nature. In fact, we are new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We no longer have to live according to the flesh (Romans 8:4). He calls us to follow Him and then gives us both the desire and the power to do it (Philippians 2:13). If we determine “to put off our former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24), then each day we will come to Him, asking for His daily bread (His words in print, in our heads, and in our hearts), and for Him to “create in us clean hearts and renew a right spirit within us” (Psalm 51:10), WE WILL SEE SUCCESS IN OUR LIVES OVER TIME. Jesus KNOWS how long it will take for us to kick that habit, to create new, godly habits, and to master our bodies and our minds (with some measure of success).
The nice thing is that our fellowship is not built on our successes, but on our turning to Him for assistance, guidance, and strength. The fellowship is in the CONNECTION. It’s all about the fellowship.
Today is Sunday. How about starting today with this new way of thinking? As you worship with the body of Christ, either physically or online, make it a point to commit your life to Him afresh and anew. You will experience His closeness, His love, His joy, and His peace that emanate from His Presence. Then, do it everyday. It never gets old!
The hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, has a wonderful refrain. It’s one that we can experience right now:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of His glory and grace.
Abba, I pray that each reader will come to You now and place themselves smack dab in the middle of Your throne room floor. I know what You’ll do (because You’ve done it with me): You’ll come down off Your throne and sit on the floor with them, put Your arms around them and love on them. It’s a wonderful place to be!!! Thank You, Adonai, for being SO PERSONAL with each of us. May we trust You more and more as we spend more and more time with You in Your Word and in Your Presence. Amen.