At the end of every year, millions of people look back at their New Year’s Resolution with regret. Have you been one of the disappointed? Have you felt the hole of being incomplete in your spiritual goals?
Included in my list of spiritual resolutions have been…
I want to be…
…the list goes on and on.
All of my resolutions were all about ME even if they looked spiritual and godly. My resolutions always ended in disappointment and it reminded me of the Old Testament law and how it always pointed to their sin and shortcomings and showed the need for a Redeemer.
The need for a Redeemer! Wow!
As I searched for my ‘one word’ this year, I realized that I needed this years word to not be about my efforts, my doings or my works.
It needed to be more than ticking off a list how good I seemed to be on paper.
It needed to not be about me.
It needed to be about the Lord and what He has done.
There needed to be a paradigm shift in my thinking so I couldn’t walk away from 2017 getting any of the glory that belonged to God alone.
Have you ever slipped into the pattern where it’s all about your works while not focusing on what He has already done? Just like the Pharisees, even my godly/spiritual efforts can be considered carnal.
What can we do when our faith seems incomplete and our failure is continually before us?
What do we do when our spiritual goals are impossible to reach?
What can we do when our laundry list of shortcomings gets longer and longer?
The answer lies in a gem of a scripture that is frequently overlooked:
“And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power:” -Colossians 2:10
What does complete mean in the Greek? To make full, to fill up to the full, to cram a hollow up to level, to execute an office, to satisfy. And that word study makes me rejoice!!!
I can rest in the truth that His redemption for me is complete.
Salvation has always been… and shall remain… a gift from our Lord to unworthy sinners. There’s nothing that we can do to merit our own salvation.
I’m asking the Lord to fill up the craters and the potholes in my life with His promise… wait a minute… there I go again… making it about me and what I’m asking for instead of taking the Lord at His promises.
The Lord has filled up the craters and the potholes in my life with His promise.
Oh for eyes to see that only HE can do that.
I want my foundation to be steadfast in what He has done.
Are you walking in the promise that God’s plan is complete? Isn’t it time that we rest in who He has made us and what He has done for us? Let’s not forget that bedrock foundation!
Rest in His promise.
His work in you is not lacking!
You are complete in Him!
Believe, lovely Sister!
Here is to a Christ filled 2017!
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