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Blessing #72………
“For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor. 13:9-11………

The Lord through the apostle Paul shows us twice in these verses He wants us to be complete. First, this makes clear that believing in and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when we are born again through repenting and turning our hearts and lives over to God and His ways is THE BEGINNING – not the end. We enter into a lifelong sanctification process in which God renews our minds through study of the Bible and transforms us as we learn to live according to God’s ways. He is completing what He began when He adopted us into His forever family through our surrendering our lives to Him. Second, this makes clear we are to “BECOME COMPLETE” by being “MADE COMPLETE.” Certainly there is much work for us to do in the way of reading the Bible, dying to self, and learning to live led by God’s Spirit in line with the Bible. But it is God’s Spirit who does the work in and through us! It’s Christ who lives in and through us! It’s Jesus the “author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)” who makes us complete! What a blessing to consider the burden for completing what the Lord began in us is not on us but on Him. So, of course, is the glory! To God be the glory for bringing those of us who follow Him to completion! AMEN!

365 BLESSINGS is a devotional book the Lord has led me to publish piece by piece even as I’m writing it rather than waiting until it’s in print to share it. Please join me & be blessed as I write my latest book…!

 

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