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This is a phrase that people say all the time, myself included. In fact I have said this many times. If things don’t work as they should have, I just say “I did my Best” without even thinking about it. But the Lord has been dealing with me about this. 

OUR BEST IS TAINTED!

Because of the fall, our best is tainted and is not good enough. That is another phrase we say, “Oh that is good enough”.

We either look at others to compare our actions or we compare ourselves with ourselves. 

Eph. 5:1 THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

Be followers, be imitators of God, not each other. Our standard of comparison, as to how we compare our life and action is Christ. People are in a rut of being average because they compare themselves among themselves. 

“I did my Best”, But did you do God’s Best??

Many teachings today has to do with Self improvement. Faith in self. God does not want us to improve on self. He wants to be conformed into the image of Christ, not others or our old self. 

1 Pet. 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Prepare your mind for action. In order for you to walk in the vision & be all that God wants you to be, you are going to have to make some tuff decisions about your life. You are going to have to decide to raise the standard in your life. With Jesus as your standard. 

1 Pet. 1:13-16

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

The standard and measurement must be Jesus!!

1 Cor. 10:12-13

12 Not that we [have the audacity to] venture to class or [even to] compare ourselves with some who exalt and furnish testimonials for themselves! However, when they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely.

    13 We, on the other hand, will not boast beyond our legitimate province and proper limit, but will keep within the limits [of our commission which] God has allotted us as our measuring line and which reaches and includes even you.

We are behaving unwisely and without understanding when we compare ourselves with others. We must rise above, we must stop comparing ourselves with others. Even stop comparing ourselves with ourselves. “Well I am better than what I used to be”.  That is good, but that doesn’t matter and should not be our standard to live by. We are not to look at self. 

Sometimes we settle for the way things are because we think we have no choice. We need to get a vision beyond ourselves. 

We let what others have said about us hold us back. We let our past experiences hold us back. We must let the Spirit of God led us!! (Rom. 8)

We must do things God’s way. Our Best is not good enough. 

People say “Good is the enemy of Best”.  But I say, “Our Best is the enemy of God’s good”. 

We try to do good works, but they are not God’s good works. We look to self to perform those works. This produces pride in our lives. Which causes us to say “I did my Best”.

Eph. 2:9-10 (AMP.)

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

    10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

I like what this says about works. We are to do those good works which God predestined (prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).

We live so far below what God has for us, because we look to our best. Don’t look at the best of other either. There is a gap from where we are and where we could be. We limit our vision of what God can do through us when we look to self. We are limited in what we can do.

You must fully cooperate with the Holy Spirit & in the effort that He wants to do in our hearts & lives while at the same time recognizing that only the Holy Spirit can perform the work. If we look to Jesus and what He did for us, that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to work in us and change us. 

We will do more than our best when we totally trust in Him. Then we can touch this world. Our lives will truly be changed, when we realize our best is not God’s best. He has so much more for us than we can ask or think of. 

Please don’t let condemnation come on you because you try and do your best. We must reach beyond ourselves. We must not limit ourselves to what we can do, that limits what God wants to do in us and through us. Trust God to take you beyond self. Again, today there is so much out there about self and how we can improve it. Well that is a good try from Satan to keep us average and below God’s Best. So look to Jesus and what He did for you and let the Holy Spirit work in your live so you can go beyond your Best and go into God’s best for you!!!

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Ps. 1:2 But his delight & desire are in the Law of the Lord & on His Law (The precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders & studies) by day & by night. vs. 3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water…

     This is how we stay away from deception. Deception is going to continue to become more & more in these las days & we need to stay focused on the word & what it says how to stand firm & planted firmly & rooted & grounded in Him. 

     Let me say first, we must have our faith in what Jesus did at the cross and that will produce in us the desire and the insight to Gods word. 

Matt. 24:4 take heed no man deceive you.

Col. 2:8, Matt. 24:24 for false Christs & false prophets will arise, & they will show great signs & wonders so as to deceive & lead astray, if possible, even the elect (God’s chose ones).

     We must habitually day & night meditate, ponder & study the word of God.

     What are we doing everyday? Is our time spent on temporal things? It is what we are doing everyday that will either strengthen us or cause us to be defeated. (provided our faith is in Jesus & what He did at Calvary.)

Ps. 1:1 says we are blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, & enviable) if we DO NOT walk & live in the counsel of the ungodly. That means do not follow their advice, their plans & purposes. (So Dr. Phil is out, Oprah is out!)

     Many times when we run into trouble we ask others for advise, be very careful. This can cause more trouble & heartache than what you had before you ask them.

Walk & live, the bible says so much about how we should walk & live our everyday life.

1) DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST:

Phil. 3:13 forgetting what lies behind & straining forward to what lies ahead.

     We can’t walk & live in the past. FORGET IT! We are now new creatures…

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any person is [engrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a NEW creation (a new creature altogether, the only [previous moral & spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh & new has come!

     You can not change the past. You are forgiven of the past. Today is a new day walk & live in it. Jesus died for us so we can walk & live in newness of life. We are forgiven. (jer. 31:34 & Heb. 8:12 says He will not remember our sins no more.  Ps. 103:12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions form us.)

2) LIVE IN THE NOW!

Today is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2)

Now therefore fear the Lord & serve Him in sincerity & in truth: & put away the gods which your fathers served… (Josh. 24:14)

Choose you this day whom you will serve. (Josh. 24:15

Keep your mind on Him. 

Is. 26:3 You will guard him & keep him in perfect & constant peace whose mind [both its inclination & its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, & hopes confidently in You. 

So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him…)

Read: Phil 4:8 Think on these things!!! 

Gal 5:16 But I say, WALK & LIVE [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to & controlled & guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly NOT gratify the cravings & desires of the flesh (of human nature without GOd) vs. 25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit).

Eph. 4:15 Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all thinks, speaking truly, dealing truly living truly]. Enfolding in love, let us grow up in every way & in all things into Him who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed one). 

Eph. 5:8 Walk as Children of light [lead the lives of those native born to the light}

Col. 3:1-2

Eph. 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully & worthily & accurately, not as the unwise & witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people) making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.

Eph. 6:10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which his boundless might provides]

We can only truly live if we are IN HIM & let HIM live through us & yield to Him daily.

     I like how Phil. 2:13 put it: [Not in your own strength] for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing & creating in you the power & desire], both to will & to work for His good pleasure & satisfaction & delights. 

He gives us the strength & the power to live right each day. He gives us the want too & the ability to do His will. 

Rev. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, & they that hear the words of this prophecy, & keep those things which are written therein: FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.

3) LOOK TO THE FUTURE:

Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author & the finisher of our faith. 

Do not worry or fret about the future. 

Phil. 4:6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance & in everything, by prayer & petition(definite requests), with thanksgiving…

Matt. 6:27 And who of you by worrying & being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life? vs. 33 But seek (aim at & strive after) first of all His kingdom & His righteousness (His way of doing & being right), & then all these things taken together will be given you besides. So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow…

Titus 2:13 awaiting & looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God & Savior Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed one).

1 Thes. 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven… those in HIm, past & present will be caught up with Him in the air. Therefore comfort & encourage one another with these words. (read the whole scripture)

Rev. 21:4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; & death shall be no more. Neither shall there be anguish (sorrow & mourning) nor grief nor pain anymore, for the old conditions & the former order of things have passed away.

Rev. 22:12-17 He is coming quickly! Look for Him. Keep your eyes turned up toward His coming. He is coming for those who are looking for His coming. Rev. 22:7 Behold I come quickly… Heb. 9:28 …to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, & patiently] waiting for & exception Him.

James 7:7-8; John 14:2-3; Rev. 4:1; Rev. 22:20

     Forget the past, live in the now, and look for His coming. How we walk and live each day will either bring us closer or farther away for Him. We can not save ourselves, but we need to live and walk in Him or we will be deceived. Watch and pray! Keep alert! Keep your eyes on Jesus Christ & HIm crucified, ONLY. Do not be deceived!!!!

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