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April 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

As He is......


Sometimes God requires more of you than others, or more of you at other times in your life.  Do not compare yourself to others, they are not walking the exact same path that you are and do not have the same future you have.  You are God’s craftsmanship.  He knows how to build you into exactly what and who He created you to be.  But God works step by step and that’s one of the reasons He requires faith.  We have to have faith as He is taking us through the process.  Not only faith in God but faith in His ability to take you down that path.  The Word of God tells us He is able to finish the work that He began in us.  If the devil cannot get you to doubt God, his next step is to get you to doubt your ability to receive from God.

Many people don’t want to work for maturity and a closer more intimate relationship with the Lord; they expect God to say something like, “Walla” and they will be immediately made mature and pretty close to a finished work.   But that is not Gods pattern nor His way.   All through out the Word you will see He works line upon line and precept upon precept, from step to step, faith to faith and from victory to victory. 

One of the reasons the Lord works in you the way he does is because your life is not just a bunch of circumstances and situations.  When God looks at you He has a master plan, a master blueprint.  In the finished plan you look incredibly like Jesus.  I once had a dream and in the dream I saw my husband sitting up on a hillside and I knew it was towards the end of his life.  I was walking toward him and kept looking because I couldn’t tell if it was him or Jesus.  The master plan of God is to conform us so that we look so much like Jesus that people will see Him in us.

The Holy Spirit brings instruction, correction and direction into our lives that will take us to that place of maturity where we become so much like Jesus that it’s hard to tell the difference.  The religious spirit will say, “Oh, I could never be like Jesus!”  It sounds good and even humble but it’s not.  If we disagree with the Word of God it does not make us humble – it makes us ignorant!  The word of God says in 1 John 4:17, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment because AS HE IS SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.”   I have to confess to you that I have told the Lord on more than one occasion that this is the hardest scripture in the Word of God for me to believe. But I do believe it – I chose to believe it because it is the Word of God.

Jesus is perfection, and He has done everything needed for us to be conformed to that image.  When we were born again He deposited the seeds of His nature and character in us – He called it the fruit of the Spirit.  He gave us Himself, the living Word and the Holy Spirit to bring us to that place of holiness and intimacy with Him that is in our blueprint.  Now we have a part in this; we must work with the Lord.  We must lay aside the things that hinder us.  We must realize that our part is to be obedient to the Master builder, to be clay that is shapeable and moldable in His hands.  When we work with the plan and are quick to obey He can make us into a  vessel that He can pour His Son out of to a sick, sinful, dying world.

God will not make us obey Him.  Look at the children of Israel.  They wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and suffered many things that they did not have to and did not reach the promise.  Later the Lord said that He loathed that generation.  They resisted what God was trying to do in their lives.  We cannot do the same and expect any different results. 

Many circumstances and situations in your life today are an opportunity to work with the Holy Spirit to build you into the image you were created to be. I believe one of the reasons that people like Paul, Peter and others of that time could count it all joy when they went through trials and tribulations is because they understood that the Master builder was making something great out of them every step of the way and,  that no matter what the enemy threw at them they were being built and molded by the hand of God.

Are there areas of your life where you are resisting the will of God?  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you do a spiritual check up and find out if there is anything you need to let go of, anything, any attitude you need to change.  I look forward to seeing you on that hillside….

If we can help you let us know.

Blessings,

I love you

Evelyn Timmons

 

 

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