I am being renewed day by day. Although it may not seem like it, I am. To be sure, I take side trips that cause me problems; but in the bigger picture, God has me right where he wants me. I believe that. I really do. You see, Jesus has a job to do that he alone is capable of doing. He is the only one charged to do this job. He is also willing to do it. I believe that, too. Jesus won’t fail.
What is this job? We can point to many places that Jesus said, “I have come to…,” but I think they all fit under this verse:
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8b
Did that end when he was on the cross and said, “It is finished”? No, Jesus is still at work today. He nailed our sins to the cross and in doing so triumphed over his enemies and put them to shame (Colossians 2:14-15). These enemies are the forces of evil. Of course, this includes humans because we are sons of our father, the devil (John 8:44). However, there are some, those to whom the Father granted mercy (Roman 9:15) and those He draws to the Son (John 6:44), He grants the right to become children of God (John 1:12).
To these, he gives eternal life (John 3:16). These are spared from God’s wrath. Instead, look what he has done:
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30
Now, there is much more to be said by all that. For now, however, let’s move on.
In The Meantime
I desire change, and I desire it now. God desires belief in his promises and trustful patience that he will do what he says. In my desire to be done with my besetting sin, I must remember these things. God has lessons to teach me in the process. The lessons I remember best are those that are either painful or repeated until they are learned. Why would relief from a besetting sin be any different? For that matter, the same could be said for illness or a troubled relationship, things that might be beyond our control. God desires me to learn in all of these.
I see this better now. In fact, I see it as a good thing. Jesus will not fail. I am frustrated because I am attempting to do his job. In that, I am certain to fail. He has given me promises. Do I believe him? The first is my “new favorite” verse that I wrote about recently. The others are my “newer favorite” verses.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:8
Jesus redeemed me just as he is redeeming me. He will redeem me from all my iniquities. He will act and redeem. Like Abraham, I am fully convinced that God is able to do what he has promised (Romans 4:21). Here’s two more verses:
14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:14 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have license to sin (Romans 6:15). What these verses give is hope.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
Hope. And joy!
Father, thank you for your words of encouragement. It’s amazing how all this stuff ties together! It’s almost seems that is what you intended! Just kidding. Of course you did! Thank you! Amen.
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