Good News! God Doesn't Require You To Be PERFECT!

I was praying recently and out of nowhere, God dropped in my spirit something really, really significant. Actually, it wasn't out of nowhere, it was straight from the heart of God!

There is only One who knows our flaws even better than we do...God Himself! But with that said, we are pretty knowledgeable of our own flaws. The problem is that we tend to key on our imperfections and mistakes. God doesn't. Instead, He looks at you and me as those redeemed by His Son, Jesus. When He looks at you, He sees not only one who is redeemed, but in addition, one who is also the righteousness of Himself. Of course, He gets all the credit for that because it comes only through and by His grace and mercy; not by personal merit. That's really cool about God!

I will stick my neck out a bit to say something here I know not everyone agrees with. But I speak from my own experience, founded on God's Word. I truly believe that we hinder God's using us because we key on our own flaws, more than hindering ourselves by falling short of God's standards for us. Please, don't misunderstand. Certainly we must live on every word that proceeds out of God's mouth. The Word of God is our blueprint for life. It is God's holy standard for living this life and serving Him. No question! But my point is, many Christians live far beneath their spiritual means because we hold ourselves responsible for (even guilty of) our own flaws and imperfections as human believers. When we will get it? By His doing...we are the righteousness of God, in Jesus Christ!

So the questions I pose to you are these: Will God use you, even if you know your are not perfect? Will He use you, even if you haven't mastered some of the things you've battled for years? Let me answer those questions with some examples from the Word.

There are many examples, but let me use just a couple. (That means 2.) Moses actually murdered a man and God used Him in incredible ways. Read the Book of Exodus. Another example is the Apostle Paul. (Acts 8:3), "But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison." Paul was a bad dude to the early church. He even looked on and approved the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr mentioned in the New Testament. And years later, after he had been apprehended by Jesus, and had served Him many years he says this: (1 Corinthians 15:9), "For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God." Could it be that this was Paul's "thorn in the flesh" mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:7? Could it be that he constantly had to battle the accusation of the messenger of satan telling him, "You're not worthy to be an Apostle! Look what you did."? In spite of Paul's past, God used him mightily! He wrote one third of the New Testament! Paul said in the very next verse, "...but by the grace of God, I am what I am."

How did Paul do it? He got it. He believed it. He understood that even though his past was not something to be proud of today, God's grace is sufficient! I can promise you this. God wants to use you in bigger, more powerful ways than you think. You are not limited by Him. But YOU might be limiting Him. Don't look at your imperfections. Stop keying on your mistakes. Stop maximizing your weakness. Move in the grace of God by keying on the One who has redeemed you through that infinite grace. Remember, if His grace is sufficient for Paul, it is also sufficient for you and me. Believe that God is bigger than your past, your struggles, and your weaknesses. Believe that His grace IS sufficient for you! Prepare to do great and mighty exploits for Him!

Through Here To Eternity

For years I've heard that old saying, "He's so heavenly minded that he's no earthly good". It's very similar to the old saying, "He's got his head in the clouds". These words usually describe a person who is so focused on spiritual things, they make no applicable connection to natural, practical things. I'm sure you've known someone like that. Perhaps it is you!

Let me use another old-time, popular phrase: "Let's don't throw out the baby with the bath water"! It is true, with some folks, the ideals swimming around in their heads don't quite connect with the ground they are standing on. But there is a side to that "heavenly minded" thing above we must see, understand, and apply in our lives...every single day.

Titus Chapter 2 tells us that the very grace we are saved by instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires. It instructs us to live sensibly, righteously, and Godly in the present age. This is the "earthly good" part. But there is also a "heavenly minded" part too! According to Titus 2, we must also be constantly looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.

Understand my believer friend, you are on this planet to impact people, and to leave a Godly legacy. But you are also here to make an impact on eternity. So how are you doing that? According to Jesus, we are not of this world, just as He was not of this world when He came 2000 year ago. Yes, we're here for now. And our mission here is to touch all we can with the life-changing love of Jesus. But earth is NOT our home! The life you live must be lived with a view to eternity. Everything you do, everything you are involved in must be done with eternity in mind. To be truthful, this is how you make an earthly impact and leave a godly legacy.

1 Corinthians Chapter 7 says we should not make full use of this world. John tells us we should not love the world, because all that is in the world is passing away. (1 John 2:15-17) I pray more believers would understand this. To become heavily involved with worldly things is to sow nothing toward eternity. A believer bound to this world is a believer who has no vision of eternity. Eternity is our destination. Earth is simply part of the journey.

The only way to live Godly and sensibly here is to understand where we're headed, and what we're laying up for eternity. Our hope is not in the latest worldly trends, fads, and past-times. Our hope is not in our professions or vocations. Our hope is in the appearing of Jesus Christ. That's what we live for, and who we will live with for eternity.

558032: Driven by Eternity: Make Your Life Count Today and Forever Driven by Eternity: Make Your Life Count Today and Forever
By John Bevere / Messenger International

How would you live if you discovered that the next 24 hours would determine your future? Would you intentionally direct your actions or let the chips fall where they may? In this 6-session study, Bevere blends allegory with Scripture to show how the choices we make today have an eternal impact. Includes discussion questions.

Don't Forget To Set Your SPIRITUAL Alarm Clock!

This morning I am up early. It's Saturday, so why I am not sleeping in? Could it be that "body clock" thing? No, not really; even though I've been an early riser for years. At one time (earlier in my life) I was a radio announcer. You know, a Disc Jockey. Most of my shifts were very, very early shifts. In order to start my shift at 5:00 am my feet would have to hit the floor at 3:45 am!

Even though I'm up very early this morning; and even though my "body clock" is set to wake me early every single day of my life, it's not the body clock thing. It is something much greater than that.

The truth is, it's my "spiritual clock" thing! Yes, I have a spiritual alarm clock Holy Spirit chimes for me...every single morning of my life. With Him it's always a very early chime. That's just the way it has been for me. No matter what time I retire at night, my spiritual Holy Spirit alarm clock chimes at the same time each morning.....early! But I wouldn't have it any other way! What a joy and a blessing it is to rise early every morning to meet the King of the universe. It seems He has personally dedicated this time to just Himself and me.

What I've discovered through the years is that He is more excited about our time together than I am. He is always waiting for me when I awaken...every single morning! On the mornings I struggle a bit with my physical senses, He patiently loves me into complete consciousness. Wow!

I made it a priority years ago to rise early and seek my King. As a result, my spiritual Holy Spirit alarm clock has been set for "early". Like God longed to walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden, I have no doubt He looks forward each morning to our communion together. One of my favorite verses of the Bible is Psalm 5:3, "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch."

I am so grateful for my Holy Spirit alarm clock! You have one too. Even though He chimes through it, you must set the time. For me, it is early. It may be different for you. The key however, is that we set the alarm by consistently meeting with Him daily. I promise He will be waiting for you when the alarm goes off!