A Personal Declaration of Independence
Not What I Want to Be
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
There comes a time when the true believer must take his stand on the oath and covenant of God and refuse to be shaken. He must lift high his happy affirmation, not in arrogance, but in faith and in deep humility. Perhaps his declaration of independence will go something like this:
I am not yet perfect, but I thank God and my Lord Jesus Christ that I am done with the past and I do now trust in my Savior for full deliverance from all sins. I cannot pray like Daniel, but I shall never cease to praise God that He inclines His ear to me. I am not as wise as Solomon, but I glory in this, that “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12). I have not the gifts of Moses or Isaiah or John, but I’ll be everlastingly grateful that I have been given the moral perception to understand and appreciate such men as these. I am not what I want to be, but thanks be to God that I do want to be better than I am; and I am sure that “he which hath begun a good work in [me] will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Here I stand. I can do nothing else, so help me God. SIZ104-105
Lord, do the work that must be done in Your power, through Your Holy Spirit, to bring Your work to completion in my life. Amen.
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