Verse of the day.
…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Where do we stand?
There is a common attribute in every natural man. It is the attribute of relying on self. In calling us to live a life worthy of Himself, Christ admonishes everyone who desires to be His disciple to live not just in denial of sin and satan but also to live in denial of self (Matthew 16:24).
Living in denial of self is most commonly interpreted as living in denial of selfish interests and desires while focusing on Christ’s desires. This is true but not full. Living in denial of self requires much more than living in denial of selfish interests, more importantly, it requires living in denial of personal efforts to sustain the Life of God in us.
When we attempt to sustain the life of God in us through human effort, we appear to tell God that He is not enough to keep us in Him; that we must help Him. This is wrong. The Life of God in us sustains us. Every effort we make must come from this Life of the Spirit within us. This is the call of Christ through the words of the apostle in the verse under consideration.
The Believer’s Confidence.
When we consider the series of events that brought us to saving grace – the death of Christ, His resurrection, the defeat of the devil, His ascension, the conviction of the Holy Spirit – we find that we had no part to play in these. All we did was receive all that Christ offered in redemption, knowing full well we had nothing as substantial to give in exchange.
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Though encouraged to study, to serve, to mortify the deeds of the flesh, pray and fast, the believer’s confidence lies not in any of these. Our confidence rather lies in this one thing – that Christ Who saved us will see us saved to the utmost.
Focusing on the Beloved
Placing our confidence in God helps us look beyond ourselves to Him for righteousness, for peace, for joy. This is a life of utter rest and dependence in His finished and continuing works. You refuse to live with guilt when you fall; you never cease to see yourself for who you are – the righteousness of God in Christ; you live dependent on His righteousness; and rather than focus on keeping yourself from falling into sin, you focus on chasing and engaging the Life of God, which then deals with sin from the inside out and not the other way round. Essentially, His righteousness becomes yours, His strength becomes yours, you live fully dependent on His Life and sustenance, bringing you to a place of rest, a place in Him where you can boldly say, “You brought me this far, I’m moving no finger, no foot without You.” A place of utter rest and trust in Him.
As difficult as this may seem – especially when we’ve learned to labor by ourselves much more than resting in Him – this is the only way to live the life of God.
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Jesus, You are my strength, my confidence, my Life. I live fully dependent on You, knowing that You Who has begun this good work in me will see it to completion.
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