So far so good! (1)
Are you pushing to become more like Jesus but some days it feels like two steps forward and three steps back?
Growing up spiritually isn’t easy; that’s why Paul encourages us not to ‘let ourselves lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary’ (Galatians 6:9 NAS). You don’t notice yourself growing older physically ‘til you look at an earlier photo; then it hits you. It’s the same with spiritual growth; it’s hard to gauge how far you’ve come ‘til you look back and see where you were before Jesus saved you and turned your life around. The Bible says, ‘As the Spirit…works within us, we become more…like him,’ but growing up involves growing pains!
Also, you must never forget that you’re on a spiritual journey, you’re going places and you’re making progress. While ever you’re on the highway of holiness the devil will be looking for ways to distract you and divert you or he’ll try to dishearten you by pointing out how far you still have to go. Don’t listen to him and don’t give up! Jesus said: ‘…there is no truth in him… he is a liar and the father of lies and all that is false’ (John 8:44 AMP).
If you get discouraged and give up, Satan wins. Paul says, ‘lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ’ (See 2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP). Learn to live beyond your feelings, to dig down inside to where God’s Spirit lives. Take heart! It may not always feel like it but every day you’re maturing and growing stronger in Christ. So don’t even think about throwing in the towel!
‘As the Spirit…works within us, we become…like Him.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18 TLB
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 Timothy 1: 19; 6:12; 2 Timothy 2: 15; 3:16-17; Titus 2:11-15
That you may wage the good warfare, holding faith & a good conscience. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called! Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth! All scripture is breathed out by God & profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, & for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work! the grace of God has appeared, training us to renounce ungodliness & worldly passions & to live self-controlled, upright, & Godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God & savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness & to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works! Declare these things; exhort & rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you!
Let us be zealous for His good works today! Never delay!