Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” It is essential to remember that we are a work in progress. Our trials in life are training tools as God works His purposes in us.
Hebrews 12:11 Amplified says, “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness–in conformity to God’s will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God).”
Hebrews 13:21 says, “Make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and every. Amen”
His ‘working’ is His resurrection power enabling us to do His will. Ephesians 1:19 says, “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” It is speaking of the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is working in us as well.
Ephesians 3:20 again speaks of His power at work. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
Here is the process. Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” The Lord continually works His righteousness into our lives. I liken it to a potter crafting a vessel on a wheel. First the potter takes the hard dry clay. Then begins to work water into it to soften it. Once is it malleable, it is placed on the wheel. Through consistent steady pressure it is centered. Until it is centered it cannot be formed into a vessel.
Our trials ‘center’ us on the Lord. They bring everything into sharp focus on Him. Trials help us realize afresh how we are absolutely dependent on Him. The squeezing, the pressure, and the pain are all part of His work to conform our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will.
We are complete in Him. That is our eternal standing that was established at the cross. He died to set us free eternally. Romans 5:2 says, “Through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Here is another verse on standing. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.” Sealed for eternity. Nothing, and no one can break that seal.
Our state is our walk with the Lord. It fluxes, ebbs, and flows according to how receptive we are in His righteous work of centering. We walk in the flesh, or we walk in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit encourages us to be steadfast, immoveable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord in 1 Corinthians 15:58.
As we stand in the promises of His word, we are strengthened to resist the temptations to veer off His chosen path into our own pursuits. I encourage you to stand and to keep standing in the wake of the enemy’s volley of fiery dart temptations. God’s promises are backed by His character, His attributes, and His power.