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WORKS IN PROGRESS: (Scripture from the KJV)

– That the man of God be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:17

– But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. – Jude 20

As Billy Graham’s late wife Ruth once alluded to, we are all works in progress as believers – we are all under construction (Philippians 1:6). However, God has to be in our hearts – through the Holy Ghost – to clean out all the weeds and tares from our past. All the things like guilt and bitterness that block what He is trying to build in us – namely faith in the Word and Him – not the world and man.  So we can do His will and work – not our own.

This is why just “trying harder” to be a better Christian without His internal help within our wicked and deceitful hearts – those which only He can understand and search (Jeremiah 17:9-10) – can lead to much discouragement, frustration, and confusion as a believer. None of which God is the author of (1 Corinthians 14:33).  That’s because we can often attempt to improve ourselves as believers from the “outside in” – with natural, external, and fleshly means – and our flesh is weak (1 Matthew 26:41, 1 Corinthians 2:14).

Our inner man – our minds and hearts – must be transformed and renewed continually. Becoming and being a Christian is a process, not a proclamation (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:16). However, we can’t do it alone or through other Christians.  Only through the power of the Holy Spirit within us can we make progress and grow the way God desires (Romans 8:26, 1 Corinthians 2:10-16, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Timothy 2:21, 2 Timothy 3:17, 1 Peter 1:22).


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