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Summary: God wants to keep working on improving us until we get to heaven.

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INTRODUCTION

-What do you think of when you think of a construction zone?

-Dirt

-Noise

-Progress

-Chaos

-We normally try to avoid such places, don’t we

-Hospital Construction

-Road Construction

-House Construction

-We like for things to be neat, orderly and completed

-But seldom are things in life that way

-Life is always in a state of process

-Our lives are the exact same way, always in a state of process and progress

-Especially when it comes to spiritual matters

-Colossians 2:6-7

-Let me share with you four key stages in physical construction that are also important in the spiritual construction of our lives

I. The Blueprints

-The first thing done is to decide what the project will look like

-God has plans drawn up for your life

-Psalm 33:10-11

A. He plans for you to come to know Him

-Salvation

-This is why Christ was sent to earth in the first place

-It was God’s plan ever since the Garden of Eden

B. He plans for you to serve Him

-He has given you gifts for this purpose

-Many believers never use their gifts

-Perhaps because they’ve never discovered them

-Perhaps because they are somewhat selfish

-Perhaps because they are somewhat jealous

C. He plans to bless you

-The Bible is full of such promises

-You are His child, and like and father, He longs to lavish good things upon you

-But, blessing requires obedience

II. The Permits

-After the plans are made, the necessary channels must be pursued to get approval to begin the construction work

-You must allow Him to come in and begin the work in your life He wants to do

-Revelation 3:20

A. He is patient

B. He is persistent

C. He is polite

-He is simply waiting your response to His request to come in and begin construction on your life

III. The Construction

-Then the actual construction begins and there are several elements involved in this stage of the game

A. The workmen

-Ephesians 2:19-22

1. The boss

-God Himself

-He has come up with the plans and will oversee the entire job that is done in your life

2. Carpenters

a. Christ

-Through His death on the cross has begun the process within you through redemption and salvation

b. Holy Spirit

-Someone once said, “Though the work of Christ is finished for the sinner, it is not yet finished in the sinner.”

-The Holy Spirit is God’s agent to continue the work within the heart and life of the repentant sinner

-Continues God’s work in you through sanctification, initial, progressive, entire and continual

3. Assistants / helpers

-There are many others that God has used to help in your construction process

a. Parents

-They have laid the foundation for who you are

b. Pastors

c. Teachers

d. Yourself

B. The machinery

1. God’s word

-Psalm 119: 154

-Romans 10:17

-Ephesians 5:25-27

-God’s Word is vital to the believer

-It is useful everyday to show us more of who God is, what He has done and what He will do

-It is useful to show us how God wants us to live

2. Circumstances in life

-James 1:2-4

-Ofttimes, God uses even the most difficult of circumstances to shape us into the people He wants us to be

C. The process

1. Demolition

-Sometimes, to make something great, you have to start from scratch


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