Thursday, March 8, 2012

"will be"

inspiration: jonny sharp's message at theWell

tonight at theWell, jonny sharp brought an amazing word...
we're in a new series called A New Hope, focusing on the hope we have in Christ because of what He has done for us.

a few weeks ago, ernest talked about how sin entered through Adam, bringing us pain, conflict, sin, struggle, and death. but through Jesus, we now have grace, forgiveness, mercy, and eternal life. we have righteousness through Christ's sacrifice on the Cross and most importantly, redemption from sin, leading ultimately to eternal life with God.

granted, we still have to deal with life.
choosing to follow Jesus doesn't give us a "escape from trials and tribulation" card.
in fact, the opposite is generally true.
but we have hope. and a purpose. and the Holy Spirit.

tonight, jonny focused on Romans 5:18-19 and it turns out that a lot of what he spoke is very applicable to the place i am right now.
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous. -Romans 5:18-19
jonny focused on the phrase "will be" and how we aren't made righteous right away.

we are justified immediately.
we are no longer enemies of God.
we are now co-heirs with Christ.

but like i said before, we have to deal with life.

we will never be free of sin or struggle or trial or pain.
but we no longer have to deal with the consequences of our sin.
Christ took that penalty upon Himself on the Cross.

instead, we have the Holy spirit leading us to sanctification - guiding us to becoming more like Jesus.
jonny focused on how sometimes it's hard to accept that perfection is a process rather than an event. we live in a society where instant gratification is the ultimate desire. if we can have it "now", it makes it that much better. but sanctification and perfection doesn't work that way.

rejoiced yesterday about some things God has been doing in and through me and now i can rejoice again in hearing what i needed to hear: i am not perfect now. but God isn't finished with me yet. it's easy to get frustrated that we still struggle with the same things as before we began following Christ. i've made peace with my past, but i still struggle with a lot of junk, just like everyone else.

just this past weekend, i was convicted of an area of sin in my life and i became frustrated with myself over it. it's good that i was convicted of it, because it proves that the Holy Spirit is dwelling in me and leading me to repentance and sanctification, but i was reminded tonight that I'm in process and have not reached completion.

it's important to remember that God is constantly at work within us.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -Philippians 1:6
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. -Hebrews 10:23
 Measure your progress by how far you've come, not have far you have to go.
i'm very thankful for the trials and struggles i've face because i know that they are all necessary for becoming the woman God needs me to be. we were all created for a unique purpose, but we won't all be ready all at once. it's easy to focus on where we want to be instead of rejoicing in how far we've come; but i know that it is all for a purpose and that i can trust in all the things God has planned for me, because He is faithful in all He has promised.

how has God proven His faithfulness to you recently?

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