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447th -- Not Hopeless


There many Bible believing Christians in the world that have been redeemed,
sanctified and changed from the inside out, but still they are not sure of
their role as a child of God. What we must always keep in mind is that
the believer is always going to be in the midst of change. As believers in
Christ, there will never be a moment where we have finally "arrived". The
Bible says that God changes us from glory to glory. The Lord is constantly
working in our lives to better us in the areas of our weakness and leading
us on to the path that He wishes for us to travel on and learn from. 
(2 Corinthians 4:11-18) (Psalm 27:7-14) (Isaiah 30:21) (2 Corinthians 3:18)

We must never think that God cannot use us for His eternal purposes. The
Lord can use even the smallest vessels to impact our world where change is
promised to come. If you are unsure of your role concerning the things of
God, I want you to be encouraged and know that God can and will do great 
things through each of us if we only surrender our will and allow God to 
lead and guide us as He sees fit. (2 Thessalonians 3:3-5) (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I hope you are both encouraged and inspired by today's message to see that
you are never stagnant in your Christian walk, but in a constant change for
your betterment and usefulness towards the kingdom of God.


Carla stirred Jell-O into boiling water, added cold water, and put the bowl
with the watery mixture in the refrigerator to set. "Didn't Dana ask you to
come over to play this afternoon?" asked Mother after Carla had finished 
washing the dishes.

Carla shrugged. "Yeah," she said, "but I don't feel like playing with her.
I'm beginning to think she's hopeless. She always wants her own way, and 
she says mean things about other kids--stuff like that."

"Hm-m-m-m. That's too bad," said Mother. "Well, maybe it's time to check
your Jell-O."

Carla went to the refrigerator. "It's getting there," she said. "It's ready
for the fruit." She added apples and bananas to the Jell-O while she 
continued to complain about Dana.

"Tell me something," said Mother. "Dana became a Christian just recently.
Has she improved at all since then?"

"Oh, sure." Carla nodded. "She used to be just awful--nobody liked her. 
Now she's not as bad, but she still has a long way to go."

"Like the Jell-O," said Mother.

"The Jell-O?" repeated Carla. "What do you mean?"

"The Jell-O has improved since you started it, but it has a long way to go,
too," explained Mother. "It isn't hopeless, though. In time it will be set
and ready to eat. It reminds me that Christians don't usually 'set' all at
once, either. It takes time. As Christians grow in the Lord, they improve
in outward behavior. We need to be patient with them."

"Maybe we can add some 'fruit' to help them." Carla was enjoying the
comparison. "Like...we can pray for them, and we can be friendly."

"Good," approved Mother, "and let's remember that you and I aren't finished
yet, either. Let's grow together."

Author Unknown

Be encouraged to cheer on the faithfulness of others who are growing in 
their Christian walk and you stand firm and know that God is transitioning
you in your walk with Him. 

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Hebrews 10:22-24 "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith 
without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works."

Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Psalm 31:2-5 "Bow down Thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be Thou my 
strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For Thou art my rock and
my fortress; therefore for Thy Name's sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me
out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for Thou art my 
strength. Into Thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O
LORD God of truth."

Psalm 37:23-25 "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: I WILL PAINT YOU A RAINBOW
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem7.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony157.htm

In Christ's Service, 

Dwayne Savaya 
Gods Work Ministry 


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