Scripture Reading:
2 Tim. 2:21-22

“But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”(2 Timothy 2:22)
cooperating with god’s working – dealing with sins

We thank God for His work in us through His word. The most important thing God is doing in the entire universe is working Himself into us, conforming us to the image of His Son Jesus Christ and saturating us with the Holy Spirit to make us useful vessels for His glory. With God as the Potter and the church as the Potter’s house, we are being worked on. We are on the wheel, in God’s move, so that we might become vessels of honor, sanctified and useful in the hands of the One who possesses us.

We have to thank the Lord that we are the object of this work. Do not look at yourself or at the other saints as hopeless cases. Jeremiah 18 tells us that God is very given to His work. He is not standing aloof merely observing us. Rather, He is working with determination in you and in all of His children. In order for Him to finish His work, the only thing we need to do is be willing and humble ourselves. We simply need to allow Him to work in us. Are you willing?

In order for us to be purified from the condition of dishonor we may be in, we must let God work in us. To do this, the first thing we must do is solve the problem of our sins. As we have seen, the way to deal with sins is by confessing them when they are exposed in our fellowship with God. We must be sincere and transparent in our confession, hiding nothing. For instance, it is very helpful to confess your sins out loud, even though you only hear your own voice. If you do this, it will be harder to fall again into the same sins. Also, through confession your conscience will become more sensitive and at the same time, stronger. When Satan comes to accuse you, saying that you are not worthy of God and thus cannot go to the meetings, don’t accept it. Satan’s intention in doing this is to cut off the spiritual supply you would receive, either in the meetings or in fellowship with the saints. Declare to the enemy that, although you have committed a sin, you have already confessed it and the blood of Jesus has cleansed you of it. Do not forsake the Lord, the meetings, or the saints. Satan’s goal in accusing you is to separate you from the saints. Remember: you do not need to give Satan any explanation. Simply turn to the Lord and deal with your sins by confessing them. Our confession and declaration are not based on our own righteousness. They are based on God’s righteousness which He operated in Christ, who shed His blood to fully cleanse us.

Key Point:
How can we go on when we feel that we are not worthy?