Covered By His Perfection

So when the day is done sometimes we land headlong into the reality of our flaws and imperfections and find it’s not a really pretty picture.
 
It’s a hard place to be, to catch a glimpse below the surface of our presentation and see the effects of sin! We can deny it, ignore it, and sweep it under the carpet as we carry on or we may come to a place where we face it head-on and ask the One who is Perfection personified; our Lord and Saviour to continue to do His righteous work in us, and to complete it!
Paul saw the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in those first believers in the Church of Philippi and was confident in his prayer of thanksgiving as he penned the words in his letter to the Philippians In 1:6, “That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Paul was grateful for them, even in their newness of life, with their flaws. He saw the powerful life transformations in their souls, their hearts and their behaviour! They weren’t perfect but Paul was confident that His God, would continue to work in them and through them, to make a difference! So beautiful soul, when that deep glimpse into our self, uncovers an array of stuff we don’t like, it’s ok. We don’t have to run and hide! We don’t have to live in denial or dust it under the rug. We just need to come to One whose still working it through with us, forgiving us and giving grace when and where it’s needed.
We are not perfect, in this fallen world, but our righteousness comes only through our Saviour’s perfect salvation. It’s His shed blood that cleanses us! His perfection that covers us, and His grace that reaches down to our imperfect state and continues to grant mercy and pardon for all that’s so wrong in us. So yeah, when the guns are fired in the streets, in the classrooms, and the bad things happen, in places that we thought we’re safe, it’s all part of the imperfect world gone wrong! A whole bunch of us “imperfects” who are in desperate need of a whole lot of a Saviour who came solely for the purpose to save us, a wretched soul and a ruined world.
 
Feeling imperfect tonight? It’s ok. It’s not your defining moment. Get alone with the Savior, the One who wants to work it out. The One who wants to work through you and for you. The One who wants to forgive, heal and restore. Beautiful soul, we’ll never be perfect in this life but we can walk and talk with One who is! He takes the initiative in the transforming work within us, but we have to be willing to let Him.
 
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
 
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
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Our Unshakeable Normal

So today couldn’t we all just use a little bit or normal in our topsy-turvy world. So often we wonder what normal is because it seems so far away from where we are?  Worry presents as a nagging backdrop and very bold fears fray the edges of our peace. Things that creep into the good spaces to haunt us as we forget the blessings that surround us. They come by the twos and threes, and yeah, some days they come like a marching army to take over the day. They become like obsessions that present themselves as mountains too high, too big, too wide and too daunting to even care.
These are times when we all just need to catapult into a new day with a really big faith in our really Big God, who holds it all in His hand anyway? Yeah, when life seems turned upside down, God is our stability. He’s our Normal when nothing else is. He’s our faithful when no one else is. He’s our Protector, Provider, Sustainer, Grace Giver, and unconditional lover and in our weakness, we’ve got to know that He is our strength and shield. When our weakness presents its “What Do I Do Now” moments and we feel very insecure, unsettled and much like David when he penned the words of Psalm 142, we need to respond much like he did. He’s feeling very overwhelmed by his persecutors and circumstances and reached a place of despair where he felt no one cared at all about his plight. Yet, he looks to the LORD for wisdom and in Verse 5 he comes to his senses again, where he says,
“But then I pray to you O LORD. I say You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life. Hear my cry for I am very low. Rescue me from my persecutors for they are too strong for me.”
David reached a place in his running from harassment, where he just knew his God was His Lord and His constant loving unconditional caregiver, surrounding him at all times, everywhere, behind and before. Covering him around and through, up and down, inside and out his God had it all together in His safekeeping. His God was unchanging; His God was always faithful, and even when trouble impacted his day, His God was unchanging, stable, always there, always caring, always providing, always protecting. So when our normal go topsy turvy and headlong into chaos, let’s say with David from his prison of turmoil and unsettled circumstances, Vs 7,
“Bring me out of prison, so I can thank you. The godly will crowd around me, for YOU ARE GOOD TO ME.”
Let’s realize even on our not so normal days, and in those not so normal moments, Our God is our unshakeable sustainer and our “normal” even in adverse situations.
~k
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All We Need

We need a big heaping dose of God’s grace today. His grace for the journey! His grace for the road! His grace for the difficult choices, hard decisions of life and the just plain troubles! They come, don’t they? They stomp in uninvited and rudely parade around our little selves making us feel very small in our little worlds. And yeah, Some days, just when we think we’ve managed five baby steps forward, we find ourselves regressed ten giant steps backward, plunged neck-deep in the muddied waters of self and consequences. The enemy is advancing and we can’t see clearly, nor can we swim in what appears to be a threatening situation! The hope, that faintly flickered in the heart, just flickered for the last time and there we wrestle the high waters of bad choices, troubled relationships, financial pressure, addictions, loss and on and on it goes, as we sink lower, yet try to keep our heads above the mud and mire. We feel even God has forsaken us and left us to drown in our circumstances. Oh, but we can know that He hasn’t left us at all.

In Judges 6:11 we find Gideon having a very bad day. He’s threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide grain from the enemies, feeling very discouraged, very inadequate to face the situation at hand and forsaken by God. Sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?

In this most unlikely moment, God sent him a message, no, not a text and not by phone, but by angel.

THE MESSAGE? “Things are going to turn around for you Gideon. The Lord is with you!” Powerful words for one threshing grain at the bottom of the wine press to stay hidden from advancing enemies or for one who wrestles in high, muddied waters.

Gideon’s circumstances were not lining up with what this angel was saying…and Gideon wasn’t impressed, nor was he hopeful. So he complained to the Angel about his weakness and the hopelessness of the situation, until the Lord Himself spoke.

You Gideon, “Go in the strength in you have and I will be with you. You will defeat the enemy as one man.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 is a promise that we might want to tuck into our hearts for safekeeping……

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12: 7 “So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I asked the Lord to take it away. Each time He said (here’s the verse to tuck away verse 9) “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

The Lord first served up this promise of powerful Truth to Gideon and He still serves it to us today. Right there smack dab in the middle of our highs and lows! At the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, and In the middle of our difficult choices and tough decisions and when we’re drowning in the muddy water. When the choices are hard and the battle is raging …and you’re exhausted from it all, The Lord says…“Things are going to turn around for you Gideon. The Lord is with you!” ”Go in the strength you have and I will be the strength you need.”

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”

When the battle is hard yeah, we PRESS ON!!

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Alive And Real

 

Yeah, He’s there even in your hard times, and in your down and outers. He’s always there, right there beside you, around you, surrounding you ready to lift you up and hold your head high. When you see the Saviour and when you look into the face of our Lord you see the Hope that He holds for you in those nail scars and in those hands that outstretched the cross for you. Yeah, He’s the One, the sovereign One who’s right there with you now ~ very much alive and very much real and very much present in your deepest hurt. His light shines darkest in your night 

“You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
Psalm 32:7-8

“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14

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