I am Perfect
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew 5:48
Matthew 5:48 is a powerful statement that goes against all humanism. We know that we are not perfect as a human. Sometimes this idea is used as an excuse for lack... "Well, you know I'm not perfect, no one is. Lack, fear, unworthiness or negative reactions cause my behavior to me imperfect." Jesus was not talking about behavior when He said, "Be ye therefore perfect..." He was talking about our position in Christ.
Walking with the Lord is not trying (self-effort) to fix our wrong behavior, it is releasing the Holy Spirit to be what we cannot be and do what we cannot do. "But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he love us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:4-6.
God's Word tells us we are made perfect in Jesus Christ at the time of conversion. We take on a new way of life; we are recreated in His image. The original sin (Satan) will whisper words of doubt, unbelief, fear, self-effort or unworthiness. If we listen to Satan's lies, we end up exhausted by trying to improve on our own.
A life of faith is saying and believing what God says in His Word about us. Speaking God's Word activates the Holy Spirit to release who we really are in Christ. "But what saith it? The word (Christ) is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith..." (Romans 10:8). Perfect provision, perfect peace, perfect joy and perfect guidance must be spoken out of our mouth for it to manifest in our lives. Why is it that we believe God has stopped working in our lives when the 'old age' concept begins to take over? God has not stopped working in our lives nor has He left us (Hebrews 13:5). We are the ones who disobey Him and His Word. There is a difference between knowing God's Word and speaking His Word. Do not become a professional Christian who acts spiritual, but has no victory in life.
Society has a tremendous power in promoting a false belief system. Old age is one of them. How many excuses can we come up with to cover up laziness, wrong thinking and wrong speaking? Do not agree with death ideas or try to fix or deal with fears. David said, "When I kept silent, my bones waxed old through by roaring (complaining) all the day long." Psalm 32:3.
"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." Galatians 5:25. Living in the Spirit gives us a new belief system. Walking in the Spirit is obedience, action, pressing on and the willingness to allow change. The Holy Spirit is our guiding force for walking in the Spirit; it is a life-style. When we live and walk in the Spirit, we learn to speak God's Word giving us more power to live life more abundantly, to create and to become the complete expression of Jesus Christ. This is our inner voice that is connected to the Holy Spirit. If we do not stay connected to Him, outside voices of emotions, pressures in life, lack, unworthiness or fear will take control. Satan's mission is to rob, steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
The Bible says we are the stewards of God's mysteries. A steward is one who cares for the property of another; they take their job seriously and the owner can count on them. The steward must know how the owner expects his property to be cared for and is willing and faithful to execute that responsibility. A faithful steward begins to think, speak and act like the owner. For a believer in Jesus Christ, this is a life-long career and in that path, there is a sense of freedom and fulfillment. As stewards of the mysteries of Christ, we see the greatest mystery on earth is living in the temple of God, our body (I Corinthians 4:1-2, I Corinthians 3:16-17).
Say this to be so!
1. I am a steward of God's new life in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). This new life is not me; it's Him. The provision, the plans, directions, peace and ability of the Holy Spirit comes out of how I think, speak and act. God's will for my health, strength and prosperity comes out of my mouth. "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!" Psalm 107:2.
2. I am a steward of my choices by controlling what I focus on; it is the channel of events that move in and through my life. God instructs me to focus on Jesus Christ to release the provision of His Word so I will prosper in all I do. I choose today to rejoice in the Lord!
3. I am a steward of my attitude. My future success is created by the mental and emotional response to life, people and events. The Holy Spirit is my helper to maintain faith, love and a joyous attitude. Every circumstance in life is a teacher and serves the purpose to strengthen me.
4. I am a steward of the body I live in. This body I live in is not mine and it is not me; it is the holy temple of God (I Corinthians 3:17). I am a spirit, living in His temple overcoming human limitations. I am God's property and I want to be a good steward and be responsible of this property. The body I live in with the Holy Spirit has health provision through the stripes of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:5). I say this to be so!
5. See your faith imagination as what you are in Jesus Christ: perfect. Focus on God's Word and become what you already are in the Spirit. I reckon myself dead to sin, doubt, fear and pride. I am alive to God through Jesus Christ. Reckon means you count on God's Word as a fact. Believe what God says; say what God says; act like what He says. By Him all things are possible; you have what you say; every need is met; every desire is fulfilled. Thanks be to God whose mercy endures forever. Amen.