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Written by Frances Rogers for “God’s Grace ~ God’s Glory” @ https://godsgracegodsglory.com
Original post @ https://godsgracegodsglory.com/2017/07/14/i-am-a-perfectionist/
I AM is a Perfectionist. Remember those italicized words in the King James Version, those smaller words that added clarity to the sentence from the Hebrew translation? I speak here as I have learned from the Great I AM.
I AM is a holy God, a perfect Father, Creator and Redeemer. The realm of His kingdom is perfect, nothing lacking, nothing out of order, no frustration, no oppression, no war, no anxiety, no fear, violence, sickness, death, disappointment or tears. In His kingdom there is no criticism, anger, jealousy, envy, dishonesty, or falsehood. He is surrounded by righteousness, humility, peace, harmony, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and temperance.
The LORD has established his throne
in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Through His Son, Jesus Christ, He rules in power, truth, grace, mercy and glory. From His own mind, heart and Spirit He lives and lavishes His own Being throughout His heavens. As a Perfectionist, He created the heavens and the earth, with expectation of having a perfect family bearing His image.
Did He go wrong somewhere? Then He is not a Perfectionist, and He is not able to rule and govern what He created.
Or is all still going according to His plans? Is providence the working out of His holy will?
If we were perfect, then we would understand His plans and agree that He is perfect.
If we could see the end of all things as He has planned, we would understand His perfection.
We cannot, so we must look to the Perfect One who makes all things perfect.
“The trying of your faith works patience.
But let patience have her perfect work,
that you may be perfect and entire,
Special revelation comes by the power of His Spirit in the lives of those who are His children, born of His Spirit through His Word. Within us He enables us to see beyond this world and its imperfections (the list is too long). We are brought beyond the power of sin to be occupied with God. The heavenly Father, Creator and Redeemer, whose perfect, heavenly love, humbles us, and begins the process of perfecting us by the power of HIs Son and His Holy Spirit, to share His eternal kingdom.
We give up our human perfectionism when we understand that only He can make things perfect, and His plan for perfection was not intended for this earth, but for eternity with Him. The only perfect thing here on this earth is His love. In the end, it will perfect all those who are in Christ, His Son. We are holy and acceptable in Him, now and forever (Romans 12:1)
Gracious and blessed Father, Perfect in all things, with the plan to perfect the disciples of Christ, your Son: in the power of your Holy Spirit, birth and train us according to your perfect will through your Word. Through us, by transforming our minds and hearts, make known your love to a perishing world . Fill us with your light that pierces the darkness and brings your children to a perfect love, joy and peace, as we wait for our Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Related article: The Power of God’s Holy Will
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: .
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:
But the path of the just is as the shining light,
that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
2 Corinthians 12:9
strength is made perfect in weakness.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace…make you perfect.
1 John 2:5
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.