But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
2 Thessalonians 2: 13-17
Redefining The Journey
In what ways do you feel as though you are “established in every good word and work”?
Allow me to summarize the four great doctrines we have been pointing to as the solution for the four false beliefs:
Because of justification, you are completely forgiven and fully pleasing to God. You not longer have to fear failure.
Because of reconciliation, you are totally accepted by God. You no longer have to fear rejection.
Because of propitiation, you are deeply loved by God. You no longer have to fear punishment; nor do have to punish others.
Because of regeneration, you have been made brand-new, complete in Christ. You not longer need to experience the pain of shame.
The more we understand and apply the truths of justification, propitiation, reconciliation, and regeneration, the more our lives will reflect His character. Spiritual growth is not magic. It comes as we apply the love and forgiveness of Christ in our daily circumstances. It comes as we reflect on the unconditional acceptance of Christ and His awesome power and choose to respond to situations and people in light of His sovereign purpose and kindness toward us.
“Spiritual growth is not magic.” How do you respond to that statement?
What have you learned during the last couple of months about applying the love and forgiveness of Christ in your daily circumstances?
How would you describe God’s kindness toward you?
What change have you made in your life in regard to where you find your source of significance? What difference has that made in your life?
Write your own prayer thanking God for your relationship with Him and asking Him for help as you continue to trust that relationship for your sense of significance.
Talk To God
Holy Fatjer, I am Yours. I matter to You. It is in my relationship with Christ that I find my most basic meaning in life. Teach me to base my life on our relationship. Help me to continue to see clearly my false beliefs about what makes me worth something. Help me build a life based on Your truth. In Jesus name I pray. Amen and Amen!