Perfection

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I had a dream last night where I saw the perfect Christian post. It had a short title and it was made clear to me that it needed nothing extra added, in fact, it was the simplicity of the title and the post itself that was key. And in my dream I marveled on how precise the message was and how this post would cut through all the smoke and mirrors and hit home where others might not. The only problem is I can’t remember what it said. I think the title had three words. I just wish I could remember what they were.

The last couple of days I’ve been reading through 1st and 2nd Peter, 1-2-3 John and Jude.

A lot of times, when I’m reading the Bible, I pray as God’s Holy Spirit brings things to my mind. Yesterday I was made aware of all the things that God does in the background for me, that I often am not aware of. How He will bring things about so that my deficiencies are offset. So I thanked Him for that, for knowing me as I am and even taking that into consideration so that what He wants for me is accomplished and my deficiencies are negated.

I’ve asked for knowledge and understanding many times, I’ve even indicated that I need Him to keep it simple for me so that I can comprehend what He wants me to know. But it isn’t just the knowing, it’s also the doing. And the closer I get to Him, the more I realize that there is yet so much of me that hasn’t been brought into line with who He is and what His will is. In spite of my best efforts, it seems I am frequently reminded of where I fall short. It could be the unkind words that come out of my mouth, the thoughts that enter my mind from things that I see or the motivation of my heart to do more.

I am acutely aware that this process, where imperfection becomes perfect, never ends while we are in these bodies. We are in the process of being made holy, like God is and yet while we are going through this process, we are indeed sanctified, set apart, as one of His flock (Hebrews 10:14 NIV). And we are sanctified because of our faith in Him and who He is and what He has done for us, that we in ourselves could never do.

When Jesus said that without Him we could do nothing (John 15:5 NIV), He wasn’t kidding. And when the Apostle Paul says (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) that the Lord said “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” he wasn’t kidding either. It is only as we acknowledge our weaknesses to Him and turn to Him as the source of our strength, that we grow in Him.

And, most importantly of all, He loves us (Romans 8:38-39 NIV). And knowing me as I was and as I am, that boggles my mind. Yet our faith, our trust, our reliance is in Jesus, exactly as our Father has willed it. And we love Him, how could we not.

Maybe the title of the perfect post is “Jesus is Lord“. Maybe the text of the perfect post is “Jesus is Lord“.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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8 comments on “Perfection
  1. Jeff Rab says:

    You’re right, Bruce! Sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. It’s paradoxical, really. The simplicity of Scripture is only countered by the enormous depth of Scripture!

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  2. dettinger47 says:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto, and amen, Bruce. Everything you wrote here applies absolutely to me, and I imagine every believer, if they are willing to admit it. Well done!

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    • Bruce says:

      Thanks David, I actually think of you often, reading through the Bible as often as you have and laying out on the floor to pray. We can all learn from one another. Grace and blessings!

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  3. John Eli says:

    Grace is so scandalous. Yet he loves us so. Blessings bro.

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  4. The older I get, the more I am incredibly grateful for God’s grace! Wonderful post, Bruce! You speak so honestly and so wisely!! And that draws me to God’s Truth through your posts again and again! God bless you greatly, my friend!!

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