Did you ever notice how often the word perfect is used in the bible? Fifty six times in the NKJV bible.
Perfection is something God wants us to understand as it is a key to walking in everything we can. I look back over a lot of the sanctification process I have been through over the last ten years and I realise it is about him wanting me to do things the perfect way as that is when He can pour out such blessings. This position is knowing even when I don’t hear His voice I am walking as He wants. In this place there is no place for the enemy to have an argument against me that holds ground in the courtroom.
Sanctification looks like
1 Peter 5:10
But may the God of all grace, who called [bus to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
Us being in the perfect will of God is an outcome the Lord wants us to reach. There is a peace there.
I was reminded of this in the last few weeks in a business. I was making a large business decision that strategically was quite a change. When I make these changes, I will quite often share these with a close trusted friend for an opinion and prayer. The decision I was considering seemed pretty clear to me although there was no way I was making that decision without a clear answer from the Lord (I have learnt the hard way of being outside his will in business and in life). My friend went and prayed about it overnight. He came back to me the next day with a word he had from the Lord (He hears the Lord like we all do).
The Lord had said clearly that this was not the path to go down. He said this was a bad way to go. The Lord said it was my decision however (freewill) and there was an ok way to go with this decision. But He then asked my friend to pray for me that I would make the decision that was even more than just the ok way but that I would make the decision that was the perfect way as then the Lord could really pour the blessing out on me. I immediately stepped away from that decision because if there is one thing I have learned in the last ten years of living through 1 Peter 5:10 is that I now look to make the decisions that are perfect in the Lord’s eyes no matter the cost. I know His was way is the best way and He really wants me to have His full blessing by doing things the perfect way.
When we make His perfect way decisions they aren’t necessary what the world sees as a logical decision.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
His perfect will enables no room for the enemy to sidetrack us, to get off track and to miss the mark.
Perfection comes from us being in one body.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
This business decision I made was based on using others in the body for input. It wasn’t about me being a one-man band. We are one body in unity. This is when we are perfected. Not in ourselves but as one body as all parts are knitted together. So, the perfect way is to work as a body recognising the sum of the parts has far more kingdom power, and totally in the will of God, than any individual unit. We each do our part without hesitation but knowing the Lord puts other parts of the body with us to show it is not us but Him doing the work.
Perfection takes time
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
For us to walk in the perfect way, in His wisdom, and revelation takes time. This transforms us and is sanctification. This is trials happening in our life so we learn to get it right. This is us hearing his voice. When we are perfect and complete we lack nothing. What a position. Are you there yet? If not then we can pray for revelation on what has to change in our lives.
Perfection needs prayer and action
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
This is what the Lord asked my friend to pray for me, that I may stand perfect in Gods will for my decision. We can pray for ourselves for this but even more importantly we can pray for others in this. To be perfected is to be completely in the will of God.
I know God is blessing me now because I have made a decision that enables His perfect will to be worked out in the business. I have removed me as the blockage and are absolutely open for His will to be done in this situation.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
I am not perfected yet but I move forward with action (as we are required to do) while listening for His word and feeling the nudge of the Holy Spirit in these decisions I make.
It is like the parable of the talents. We need to take action with where we are at and with what we have so that He has something in us to work with which He can then use to perfect us. You will not be perfected if you lack faith, you lack action and you sit still. It simply won’t happen. Pray for the first step to take as when you have stepped into that He will pour down more no matter what the outcome of that first step is. Taking the step enables Him to then grow and perfect us bringing us to the perfect outcome and position of how He sees us.
To be a perfect man – He wants us there with Him as one.
“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Some other perfection points
Perfect in our genealogy
This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
Read the teaching I have on generational teaching. There is a step to perfection that requires our generational issues being cleaned up. Let us be like Noah walking with God through having no generational blockages.
Let our conduct be perfect
Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
If we have sin in our life then our conduct is not perfect and the outcome in our life situations will be dictated by this conduct.
Let us be in repentance as none of us are perfect. Let our repentance be true repentance, which is a changing of our ways, changing our conduct to something that is His perfect will.
Let the outcome be a total blessing on our lives because out conduct dictates that.
God doesn’t see perfection as something vain but He sees it as something we can walk in and He desires us to walk in this.
He wants to bless us in all we do.
These are the words I get as I finish
“My ways are perfect and if you surrender to them then watch how I can pour out the blessings on you as I have desired to do since the moment you were conceived. Take away the barriers and seek my perfection and you will know that I am God and that I have always had a purpose of perfection being in your life so that you can do all that I have for you to do. Push on into perfection. Start now and don’t stop. I am with you.”