I like to believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in us in both the (Sleeping and Waking) moments. That being the case, when I was beginning to stir this morning the theme that was pervading my thinking and Spirit was that – In Him We Are Flawless.
Jesus calls us to be Flawless – “No pressure there then!” He provides the – bench mark, the standard and plumb line – for us it’s – His own glory and goodness, meaning “moral excellence.”
What does scripture encourage us in light of this?
In Romans 8:32 we are told – “If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?” Message
John Flavel from 350 years ago said: “Is it imaginable that God should withhold, after this, spirituals or temporals, from his people? How shall he not call them effectually, justify them freely, sanctify them thoroughly, and glorify them eternally? How shall he not clothe them, feed them, protect and deliver them? Surely if he would not spare this own Son one stroke, one tear, one groan, one sigh, one circumstance of misery, it can never be imagined that ever he should, after this, deny or withhold from his people, for whose sakes all this was suffered, any mercies, any comforts, any privilege, spiritual or temporal, which is good for them.”
2 Peter 1:3 says – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” King James. The message puts it like this -“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received!”
A man’s nature is the sum total of qualities that make him or her who they are. It is a person’s inherent character and that which constitutes his or her individuality. As children of God we struggle with the concept of flawlessness. It’s the plight of the human condition because beyond all the – fantasies, castles in the sky and facades we build throughout life – like rust coming through on a car – reality hits. Christians struggle with sin, spiritual weakness, and apathy. Is the reality of our journey.
Does that indicate that we are missing something? Does that indicate that we have been left unequipped by God? Does that indicate that God has “set us up to fail?” No! No! No! Peter reminds us answer – “We’re not missing anything. We are fully equipped.” Hallelujah.
The precious thing is that in Him – Our lives are hid in Christ (Colossians 3:5). We have received a new nature, we have undergone a radical spiritual transformation and are promised that we will not perish with the world.
- As partakers of the divine nature, we do not have to follow the sin nature any more.
- As partakers of the divine nature, we are no longer enslaved to the passions and sins of the flesh.
- As partakers of the divine nature, we are made part of the family of God
- As partakers of the divine nature, we have the Holy Spirit in-dwelling us.
However, we have a part to play. It’s not a part that is defined “as works” because that would give us “reason to boast” and He would not get the glory. Our part is to “stay close to Jesus”.
In our intimacy with Him we discover that the “Divine Nature” can flow freely through our veins, permeate our thinking and it will discipline our walk.
Let’s stay close to Jesus so we can manifest His Nature, Carry the Kingdom and be those who do exploits.
Have a blessed day