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Becoming Entirely His !!!!!!

31 Jul

Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing —James 1:4

Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink.

Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right. Ultimately, God will allow nothing to escape; every detail of our lives is under His scrutiny. God will bring us back in countless ways to the same point over and over again. And He never tires of bringing us back to that one point until we learn the lesson, because His purpose is to produce the finished product. It may be a problem arising from our impulsive nature, but again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to that one particular point. Or the problem may be our idle and wandering thinking, or our independent nature and self-interest. Through this process, God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right in our lives.

We have been having a wonderful time in our studies over the revealed truth of God’s redemption, and our hearts are perfect toward Him. And His wonderful work in us makes us know that overall we are right with Him. “Let patience have its perfect work . . . .” The Holy Spirit speaking through James said, “Now let your patience become a finished product.” Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, “Oh, that will have to do for now.” Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

 
 

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10 responses to “Becoming Entirely His !!!!!!

  1. greatmercykitale

    July 31, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Intimacy with God may enhance our our desire to be like him and will reduce our idle and wondering thinking,or our independent nature and self interest.We listen to bad news more than good news.When i did my personal heart search this morning,i realized i need to change my choices and habits to become like Christ.

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    • Levi Thetford

      July 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for the great comment. Yes, what we put into our minds effects our hearts. If we have the mind of Christ our main focus in life will be upon others. Thanks for following me and reading and commenting. I will look at your blog today. I’ve been quite busy since returning from NYC and am catching up. Lord bless you!!!

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    • donna213

      July 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      How could we ever be like Him, even in desire? It is not beyond what we are ever capable?

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      • Levi Thetford

        July 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        We will never be totally like Him until we see Him as He is; but we should gradually be conforming and growing to be more like Jesus. He is God so certainly in this life we won’t be perfect. Does this help you?

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  2. greatmercykitale

    July 31, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Reblogged this on Great Mercy Development Centre and commented:
    It is easy to allow conformity than transformation.The cost of being transformed to entirely remain Christs children has a selfless accountability responsibility.How many of us can stand being told by some one who sees us missing the ways and rebuke’s us like David and prophet Samuel.Some of us would prefer to cover our evil that repent.I pray we may grow…..

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  3. Kelly Grace

    August 1, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Beautiful Levi. How great His love for us that He continues to conform us to the image of Christ.

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  4. Anna Waldherr

    October 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    How painful it is to learn that lesson again and again (sigh). This all too human nature of ours can be highly resistant to improvement.

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    • Levi Thetford

      October 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

      It sure is. I’m thankful for His long suffering nature and unending love.

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