I just want to share something today that I read off of my Battlefield of the Mind calendar that sits on my desk. I have a calendar in the kitchen that I write things on, and it shows the entire month, so I use it most of the time. Therefore, my Joyce Meyer calendar sits on my desk and end up having to read to catch up because I don't use it as much.
What is always so amazing to me is that when I go to catch up, or even when I sit down and read the right devotion for a particular day, it is always so timely. That can't just happen to me, does it happen for you too? Doesn't it seem like God has something special for us to read, whether it is on someone's blog or on a calendar, maybe on TV or in a book, and most especially - in his Word?
Well, I just wanted to share one day of what I read tonight. It is actually tomorrow's devotion, but I wanted to read it anyway. God was really speaking to me through this and I wanted to soak up all I could...
"Tuesday - July 15
You are changing for the better. Every day you're growing spiritually. God has a plan for your life. These are the truths you must think on. This is what you are supposed to be doing with your mind! Think deliberately according to the Word of God; don't just think whatever falls into your head. Rebuke the devil and start going forward by thinking right thoughts."
"He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ (right up to the time of His return), developing (that good work) and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Philippians 1:6"
Man, that is good stuff. We are constantly being molded into His image. He will continue the good work he began in us until it is brought to completion - to perfection.
As you think about your day, maybe you made mistakes (I sure do!), and maybe you did some things you're proud of and some things you're not. Maybe you were snide with your spouse and had a bad attitude, knowing it wasn't right, but chose to ignore it. Maybe you acted ugly to someone who cut you off in traffic. Maybe you were short with someone on the phone who was only doing their job. Maybe you were hasty with your children and punished unjustly or spoke unkindly. I've done these things, I'm not perfect. But I'm working towards perfection.
Instead of beating ourselves up over our faults and wallowing in our own unworthiness, let's remember the sacrifice Jesus became on the cross so that we could be worthy through Him. Let's not abuse his grace, but let's treat it with the value it deserves. It is by grace that we are saved, and nothing else. Our works CANNOT save us. What we are to do is read God's Word, seek His face, hold tightly to His hand, and do our best to become more like Him each and every day. He will take care of the rest. He will mold us into a beautiful vessel. He already knows what our finished product will look like. We see flaws and scars, but God sees a beautiful and unique creation.
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