Good morning! Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of result.
2 Corinthians 3v3 You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
When we accept Christ as our Lord by faith we will be changed from the result of our faith in Him being our Lord and Savior from our hearts, not from our performance, not from writing down how we want to be each day from the many works we have to accomplish in ourselves. We do not work for patience, gentleness or faithfulness. When we try to save ourselves by recognizing the lies of Satan ourselves, that will continue to give us an endless struggle of confusion, home and life without peace. Our confidence does not come from ourselves making ourselves be what God wants us to be it comes from Him making us who we are. It is by faith we stand firm in knowing He as set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come today, tomorrow and for eternity. The only reason we receive confidences is by the joy we receive and all the fruits of Christ's attitude we receive in us is only through having faith in Him. Knowing Jesus Christ is knowing the Spirit of Him and we have been given his Spirit to know Him because of the faith we have received. We have a Spirit in us that is being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit of God. Some of us are not living as a result of faith in Him because their hearts have not changed into his likeness. The likeness we receive when we surrender in faith that He is Lord. Our cares for this world are given to Him. Our cares for our children, our jobs, or finances, our attitudes, our anger, our pride, our doubt in Him making us to be what he wants us to be is evident by them not giving their cares of the world to Him. We can see that they have not made Him Lord of their lives. We who are in Christ are grieved by all the ones we love falling away from His grace because of their lack of faith, just has Paul was. We are grieved because God loves all people and we love all people because He does. Not a love we know ourselves but the love of God given to us through faith. Do we love them enough to tell them to repent, to receive His forgiveness because we forgive them. Do we love them enough to tell them their sin, and embrace their repentance just like God embraced our repentance.There are many of us today that claim to know God but who they are as a result of calming to know Him does not show by who they are in their lives. What is the result of our accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the result should be the evidence of the Holy Spirit making us who you are, with no conscience effort on our part. Just giving ourselves to Him in faith and by faith He will reveal in us the new person we are to have faith in with new desires we have no control over, new attitudes we have no control over, and we are willing for him to do the work in us the purpose and plans he has in mind and His work and plans flows out of us like a river of living water! We make salvation a process when we hinder his work thinking we can do it ourselves. He has already completed the process for us, all we have to do is have faith in Him being our Lord and Savior and He does all the rest. Once we give him all of us, to do what He pleases within us for his purpose, He begins without finding fault. (James1v5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.)Once we give Him all of ourselves in faith with a sincere heart, this is our new life walking in faith just as Jesus did, at that moment! We make it a process when we do not give Him all ourselves in faith, we listen to lies, we listen to other opinions, we sin continually, we do not know Him and as a result He is not seen in us by God, we are not one with the Father as Christ is one with the Father because of our lack of faith in Him.( James 1v6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. v 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord) Today start having faith in Him giving you a new heart that gives you a renewed mind, truly repent and receive his love of forgiveness, give your total self to Him right now, this minute and let Him be in you right now, this minute, and for the rest of your life here on earth and for eternity.! Praise God for His mighty work in us everyday that gives us transformation into his likeness with every increasing glory which comes from Him by His endless gift of faith given to us each day! The result of God making us should be evident in us each day, while growing with our faith in Him making us who we truly are each day! Read 2 Corinthians 1, 2, and 3 and James 1. I love you with all the love God gives me for you!