Tuesday, August 28, 2012

GRACE FOR PERFECTIONISTS


Do you try hard to be perfect in every way?
Are you afraid of letting your hear down?
Do you wonder if you are good enough?
Are you tired of trying to succeed?
Watchman Nee has said “Many Christians endeavor to drive themselves by will-power, and then think the Christian life a most exhausting and bitter one.” But will-power or self-help does not work. It’s not about us making ourselves perfect or useful. It’s not about us producing fruit. It’s not about us making ourselves worthy.
Success does not get us into the kingdom of God, failure does not keep us out of there. The only thing than matters is our trust in Jesus.
The fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it(Romans 4:16, MSG)
It does not matter how perfect (or not) we are.
It’s not about us trying to be perfect.
It’s about us trusting and embracing God and his ways.
The difference between trying and trusting is the difference between law and grace. Either you live in law or you live in grace. Either you exhaust yourself under the law or you rest in God’s free grace.
My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor.12:9 CEB)
But, but, but, you say. No buts, my friend. God is in the business of creating new life. He does not just fix our problems or help us a little bit. God creates new life all together. In us.
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Christ is building you into a place where God lives through the Spirit.(Eph. 2:22, CEB)
When we are new creatures in Christ, God is living in us.
When we live in the Spirit, God works through us.
When we rest in grace, God is active in us, for us, through us.
When we trust God, things will get done.
Simple. Yet so powerful and true.
It’s not about us being or trying to be perfect.
It’s about us trusting God and enjoying the ride.
Grace is a game changer, eye opener, freedom-releaser.
We can quit trying and embrace trusting.
(PRAY WITH ME):Gracious God, Thank you that we don’t need to be perfect. Help us to dare to bear our souls and let us hair down. Enable us to trust you completely and stop trying on our own. Refresh our weary souls. Redeem and restore! Teach us what it is to rest in your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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