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June 2 Devotion:Made Complete In Jesus

MADE COMPLETE IN JESUS

Colossians 2:6-10 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

[7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

[8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

[9] For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

[10] And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Have you ever met someone who seemed to be the “perfect” Christian???  They attend every service at church and they are involved in everything. They have a great testimony and you are sure they pray daily and maybe they have even read their Bible cover to cover, many times. If there was anyone that would wear a halo, it would be this Christian. To everyone around them they are the personification and the greatest example as to what every Christian SHOULD be and look like. I want to be very clear, to the LOST world and those who need Jesus Christ, this IS the example every born again believer should display. This is the type of representation that every Bible Believing church NEEDS when it’s members walk out the church doors to shine the light of the Gospel at work, school, and in our communities.

Let me take this one step further. For that Christian that NEVER misses church, that serves Jesus Christ willingly, tithes their income, sings in the choir and is IN good with the preacher…these are NOT bad things, they are wonderful things. But, if we as Christians base our spirituality and our walk with Jesus on ANY of that, we have missed the mark all together. In our text, we see that Paul tells the church in (Verse 9, 10) above that our FULLNESS and our POWER are in Christ alone. My Christian friend, we are complete IN CHRIST, Hallelujah!

It is a lie from the devil for any Christian to believe that any of our good works, or service APART from Jesus will profit us anything in the sight of God. I have been MADE COMPLETE IN JESUS since the day I was saved. I was absolutely nothing apart from Jesus before HE came by my way and opened my eyes to my sin. Today, I am STILL NOTHING, when Jesus is removed from my life.

I looked up the meaning of the word “Complete” and here is what I discovered; “Complete” means: To fill; to finish; finished; having no deficiency; PERFECT. When the Lord opens our eyes to this truth it is life changing! Praise the Lord for the day when God ripped away the veil of pride and self-sufficiency from me so I could see my neediness for HIM! We cannot see our need for HIM until we see ourselves in need!

One of Satan’s greatest destructive vices for the Christian is the lie of self-sufficiency. By feeding us a good dose of ourselves, we turn away from dependency upon the Lord and we begin walking in the limited power of our flesh which will fail us every time. This is why so many new Christians take a fall and quit on the Lord shortly after they are saved. The Lord never intended for us to walk in our own strength and in our own dependency. HE saved us and (Phil 1:6) says “he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Jesus is the one who will perform, perfect and FINISH what HE has started in us! Oh the freedom that comes when we understand that we are nothing in ourselves and HE is everything! We no longer have the pressure of success. God is not about us performing, HE is about TRANSFORMING us by HIS power and grace!!!

Are you trying in your own strength to become what God wants you to be???  Are you serving in your flesh, your way, in your own power?  Have you placed your security in your good works?  Do you feel good about your busyness for the kingdom of God?  Are you perfecting yourself only to find you are wearing down quickly in defeat? My friend, if this is where you are today…then, embrace this truth;

“IN Jesus, you have been made complete!”

Bro. Lawrence Longworth

Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”

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