Summary: You must never get slack or give up on what God is doing in your life
We are living in a time when the only way you will make a difference in this world is to stir up the gift and calling of God in our lives. Anything you have received from the Lord is good and is enough. You must never get slack or give up on what God is doing in your life. (Hebrews 6: 1 instructs, “therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God),
§ David (1 Samuel 22 and 24) whom God through Samuel had anointed to be a kind but David had the covering of a cave and could not see the beautiful throne but God is still God in times of trouble.
§ Joseph (Genesis 37 - 41:41-47) to who despite all odds pressed on to fulfill God’s dream in his life. The bibles says in Genesis 39:23 that “The LORD was with Joseph. He gave Joseph success in everything he did”. (He was in charge of the prison he did not stop there…)
§ Thermometer and Thermostat
INTRODUCE THE TOPIC:
PERFECT PROGRESS, (stepping up, leaving behind what is good and going for the best, going towards the goal). This progress involves three stages. Paul talked about these three stages in (Philippians 3:10-21) when he did not boast about his achievement but still considered his mission not accomplished.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
PHP 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
· Stage 1: PERFECT RELATIONSHIP
At this stage we are perfect because of our eternal union with the infinitely perfect Christ. When we become his children, we are declared “not guilty” and thus righteous. This perfection is absolute and unchangeable, and it is this perfect relationship that will one day be “completely perfect” or Glorified.
· Stage 2: PERFECT PROGRESS
At this stage, our progress is changeable in contrast to our relationship as in perfect relationship. Why? It is because it depends on our daily walk.
- At times in life we mature more than at other times, it simply means we are growing towards perfection if we “press on” – Philippians 3:12
§ TROUBLED ON EVERY SIDE, YET NOT DISTRESSED
§ WE ARE PERPLEXED, BUT NOT IN DESPAIR
§ PUZZLED BUT NOT COMPLETELY BAFFLED
§ PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FOR FORSAKEN
§ PURSUED BUT NOT CAUGHT
§ CAST DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED
§ STRUCK DOWN TO THE MAT BUT NOT OUT OF THE FIGHT
· Stage 3: COMPLETELY PERFECT (Philippians 3:20-21)
A stage when Christ returns to take us to eternal Kingdom. We will be glorified and made completely perfect. (Song: Will you be ready when the Lord shall come…)
HOW DO WE GO ABOUT PERFECT PROGRESS (2 Peter 1:3-11)
These actions do not come automatically:
§ They require hard work.
§ They are not optional
§ They must be a continual part of the Christian life
§ We don’t finish one and start on the next
§ We work them all together through God that empower and enable us.
WHAT MUST WE GUIDE AGAIST
1. Don’t place absolute trust in people or unreasonable expectation of the Church, office.
(Jeremiah 17:5-9 This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. JER 17:6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. JER 17:7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. JER 17:8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." JER 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?)
· Come to the fact that everyone is human and will make mistakes, but the only one you can trust without failing you is God. (Explain love and trust)