Perfected and Completed
by ezekiel olukolajo
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COMPLETED AND PERFECTED!
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8;
When God begins His work in the life of a man, His earnest desire at all times is to bring it to a state of completion and perfection, God never starts anything He does not intend to bring to glorious end. Godís longing is to make the lives of His children glorious like the shining gold, but just as gold in its crude form can never shine until it has fully completed its cycle in the refinery, the works God is doing in our lives as believers cannot produce the intended glorious results unless we allow Him to complete and perfect them. Everything God is doing in us is meant to make our lives beautiful as the shining gold, but this is possible only if we allow Him perfect the things He has started. The Psalmist understood the importance of God perfecting what He begins, and this was why his crucial prayer was ĎThe LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own handsí. Our God is God of excellence who will never be involved in an abandoned project.
As much as God desires to perfect all that concerns His children, it must be understood that they on their part have roles to play. If you desire your life to be beautiful and fulfill Godís perfect purpose, your first responsibility is to learn how to patiently wait to allow God complete His works in you. Unfortunately, many believers often mess up what God wants to do in their lives because they are too much in a hurry to wait on Him to perfect what Heís doing in them. It must be clearly stated that anything a man receives before it gets completed and perfected by God, can never be a true blessing; in fact such thing is bound to disrupt the manís destiny here on earth and possibly in eternity! A product that comes out before it fully completes its cycle in the production value chain can never fulfill its intended purpose, itís bound to be rejected in the market place! This is the reason why the scripture admonishes on the importance of patience in allowing God perfect His works in our lives. ĎBut let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothingí. James 1:4.
Another thing that is required of you to enable God perfect all that concerns your life, is that you must learn to not interrupt Him in what Heís doing in your life. Itís very dangerous to interrupt when God is working out His purpose in your life, but unfortunately this is what many people do without realizing it. You need to understand that any attempt to work things out on your own relying on your human wisdom and common sense is tantamount to interrupting God, and can go a long way to cause major setbacks in your life or divert you completely from the path of glorious purpose He has for you. According to the book of Genesis 16, Abraham committed a serious blunder which constituted major setback in his life and generations after. Agreeing with his wife to marry Hagar was an attempt to help God fast track fulfillment of His promise of a covenant child. Itís very painful that by this singular act however, Abraham almost ruined what God was doing in his life and actually paid dearly for it! For about thirteen years after that misadventure, God forsook him completely; if not for Godís mercy, Abraham would have destroyed the glorious work God wanted to do through him. Just as itís unimaginable for the clay whilst in process of molding to interrupt the potter, you must learn never to interrupt God, remember He is the porter and you are the clay!
Itís also important to state that what God is doing in your life can come to completion and perfection only if you continue to maintain and grow in your relationship with Him. Your relationship with God remains the bedrock of your destiny, and if anything goes wrong with it, your life is bound to be affected negatively. Everything God wants to do in your life will be sustained only on the platform of your relationship with Him! This is the age that people show more interest in what God can do for them than maintaining a relationship with Him. According to Luke 17:17-18 ten lepers were healed, but it was the only one that came back to Jesus Christ that was made completely whole. The other nine lepers were not interested in further contact or relationship with Christ, and that was why they never came back to Him. What God is doing in your life can only be completed and perfected if you keep coming back to Him- keep coming back to Him is a demonstration of your total dependence on Him, and that is what is required to make God perfect all that concerns you. Those who approach God with the mindset of Ďhit and runí hardly get anything meaningful and glorious at the end!
Dearly beloved, God is set to complete and perfect His purpose in every area of your life be it career, marital, family, business, calling, ministry etc, but you must be careful not to attempt to be wiser than Him. Many people have forgotten that God as the sole Maker of their lives knows in details those things which are required to make their lives glorious and fit to fulfill the predetermined purpose. The things you are dying for most of the times might not be what you really require to make your life complete and perfect in the light of Godís purpose. It is for this reason you must learn not to struggle with God especially when things are not working your own way. As a child of God, you must learn to trust your heavenly Father just as a baby fully trusts his father no matter how critical the situation is. Never wander away from God because of the challenges youíre going through at the moment, God will perfect all that concerns you and all men shall see and glorify Him! 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: Philippians 1:6.
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So true Ezekiel! I love the fact that you used the term 'Being confident of this very thing'. We can always say that we trust God, but how many of us put our 100% confidence in Him, what a challenge. I have an article you may be interested in reading called 'The Prefect Gentleman' on my website at http://www.inuall.com.au/publications/star/4.html