Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Do you feel like you are you making any SPIRITUAL progress? Don’t despair if you feel like nothing is happening. You’re under God’s construction. And God doesn’t microwave spiritual maturity. Just image for Jesus to become Christ it was a lifetime of preparation under God’s workshop. There are sometimes where it seems like you’re going backwards remember God’s ways of doing things are above our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Though you might have bad days, God never has. His grace is sufficient. His power is readily available. Remember that all the beautiful and precious things you see whether it’s the oak trees and diamonds and heroes of today took a long time in the making.
Have you ever gone to a building site after it has rained and seen how messy it was? Workers had brought mud all through the house from outside. There was trash piled high that couldn’t be picked up because of all the rain. It looked like a disaster but it doesn’t mean we stop building.
You might be tempted to say that this place is so messy, it’s never going to be what we wanted. You should know that all this a part of the process. You can’t have a beautiful house without rain, mud sheet, rock dust paint. That doesn’t smell good in the same way. You have to see the things that are messy in your life. The things you struggle with. The things that seem out of place as simply under construction doesn’t mean it’s not going to work out see it as that messy house under construction. the disappointment, the betrayal, the delay. You may not like it, but it’s all a part of the process. You’re under construction.
You can’t become all you were created to be without some messy places. To the untrained eye, a construction site can look disorganized, random. But to the architect, it’s no big deal. They’re not worried. They drew the plans. They know exactly where it’s going. Your architect is the most high God. He’s designed a specific plan for your life Jeremiah 29:11 The good news is the messy places can’t stop your destiny. The delays, the things you don’t understand, even the mistakes you’ve made. He’s already taken them into account. You may not see how your dream could ever work out. You feel like you’re stuck.
God is saying you’re right on schedule. You’re not a finished product. I’m still working on you. What I started. I’m going to bring to completion.phil.1:6 The accuser will whisper, not you. You have too many flaws, too many weaknesses. You’ve made too many mistakes. Just remind him I’m under construction. I may have some messy places, but God’s not finished with me. Paul said in a we are a masterpiece. You may not be there quite yet, but instead of beating yourself up, living with that negative recording, how you don’t measure up our attitude should be I’m a masterpiece in the making.
Will you still struggle with that same problem? Yes, but I know a secret. I’m under construction. God still working on me. You still say things that you shouldn’t. Yes, but I’m better than I was last year. And I know this what God started. He’s going to finish. God told Abraham that he was going to have a son and become the father of many nations.
Genesis 17:4-5.But he and his wife Sarah were too old way past the childbearing years. They prayed, stood in faith for years. Still no baby. Sarah, said Abraham. I have an idea. Why don’t you sleep with the maid? And maybe God will give us this son that he promised. Abraham didn’t even have to pray about this one.
They had a son that they named Ishmail. They were so excited, they finally had their baby. God said Abraham, Sarah. That is not the promised child. That’s your own doing. This caused all kinds of strife and division. Sarah got mad at Abraham were she forced her to leave her home
But Abraham is the father of our faith why is he behaving like dysfunctional family person. He was in a messy place, had a baby out of wedlock strife, troubled division in his house. Most people would have written them off, thought it’s too late
God looked at them and said under-construction the messy places are all a part of the process. It may be uncomfortable. You don’t understand it. You may have brought the trouble on yourselves, but it’s not a surprise to God when he designed your plan. He took that into account despite their wrong choices, despite their dysfunction at 90 years of age. God caused Sarah to conceive and give birth to Isaac, the promise child. If Abraham and Sarah saw their promise come to pass. After all that mess. What makes you think God is not going to bring the past of what he’s promised you?
Maybe you’ve got so much drama in your house. Your situation is too messy. It couldn’t be any messier than theirs.
It doesn’t mean that God is not going to finish what he started. He’s not going to remember your weaknesses(past mistakes and failures). God knows when we’re under construction. We all have messy places. We all make mistakes. We all have things to overcome. But that is not going to keep you from becoming a masterpiece. It’s only temporary.
But one of the worst mistakes we could make is to go through life against ourselves, focused on our failures.The times we fail, you have enough people and circumstances already against you. Don’t be against yourself. You have to be at peace with being under construction. You’re going to have some messy places, some things you don’t understand, some weaknesses that you haven’t overcome. The accuser will work overtime reminding you of everything you’ve done wrong, how you’re not going to reach your destiny.
InStead of believe in those lies going around. Guilty. No passion. Why don’t you turn it around? Father, thank you that you’re still working on me. I know this mess is a sign that I’m under construction. Just like with Abraham, despite my shortcomings, despite my failures, you’re still going to get me to where I’m supposed to be when you live like that. God will say about you. What he said about Abraham. You did not waver in your faith. We see this with Peter. One of Jesus disciples. He was hot tempered. He used bad language. One time he got angry and cut off a soldier’s.
Here, one moment he was defending Jesus. A man of great courage. Another moment. He was denying Jesus, swearing to the authorities that he didn’t know him. People could have looked at him. Peter, you’re a mess. You have issues. God looked at him and said under construction, the difference between how people saw him and how God saw him is God had the plans. God could see what he was going to become. People just saw his flaws, his hot temper, his instability. This is why it’s so important that we don’t judge people, don’t write anybody off.
We can’t see their plans. We don’t know what God is designed for them. We see people that make mistakes, have weaknesses. We don’t realize they’re under construction. God’s still working on them. I have enough weaknesses of my own to deal with. I don’t have time to judge somebody else for their weaknesses.
But I love the fact that Jesus chose Peter, even though he knew he was hot tempered. He knew he was impatient. He knew he used bad language. He didn’t choose him because he was perfect. He chose him because he had the blueprint. He knew he wasn’t a finished product. Peter ended up becoming one of the most influential, respected leaders. What am I saying? Where you are now is not necessarily important. It’s where you’re going. That mess did not disqualify you. you’re under construction. When you see other people that look like they have it all together don’t feel bad about yourself. Everyone is under construction in some area. We all have some messy places.
We should be better this year than we were last year. Don’t let the mess become permanent. The the hot temper, the negative attitude. That is not who you are. Keep growing. Keep resisting the temptation. Keep saying no to carnal desires. And there’s nothing wrong with being under construction, but there is something wrong with not making any progress. Do your part. Be willing to change. God will do his part. Sometimes when you see a construction site, you can’t tell if they’re tearing something down or building something up.
The taller the building, the deeper the foundation has to go. What’s interesting is you can’t see the foundation. It’s underground. It’s hidden. But you could argue that it’s the most important part. They could build a huge tower, but if they didn’t take time to put the proper foundation, it wouldn’t last. And there are times that we know we’re supposed to be going up. We have big dreams.
God’s put promises in our hearts, but it feels the opposite. We’re not growing, not seeing good breaks. What we may not realize is God is working on our foundation, on our character, on how we treat people, on how we respond to adversity. We don’t like these times, but they are extremely important, like the building.
The higher you you’re going to go, the deeper your foundation has to be. Don’t get discouraged when things are not happening on your timetable. God knows what he’s doing. Keep passing the test. Those things that are not changing. But you keeping a good attitude.Your foundation is going down deeper. That’s a sign you’re getting prepared to go higher. But God will not release what he has for you until he knows you can handle it. It wouldn’t be a blessing if he gave it to you and you weren’t ready.
If God has an 80 story building plan for you, but he only designed a 40 storey foundation, it may be easier, but that would be doing you a disservice. Don’t fight the foundation work things aren’t moving. As fast as you would like, something is happening that you can’t see, your foundation is going down deeper. You’re being prepared to go to new levels.
God as our builder will allow things that we don’t understand. Looks like a mistake. But God has a reason. He allowed it for a purpose that we can’t see. Then he’s going to remove it. Just imagine pastor, I’m working at this job where I’m not using my gifts. I have so much more in me. This seems like a mistake. God knows that’s not your final destination, but he wouldn’t have allowed it if he didn’t have a purpose for it.
Learn to Trust God while you’re under construction. Trust him in the messy places. Trust him when you’re sure it’s a mistake. Sometimes God has to take us backwards before he can take us forward. He has to dig down deep before we can go up high. He has to prune you before you can bloom. If you’ll stay in faith, you’re going to see how it’s all going to work for you.
You cannot properly judge the construction process without the plans. You may think I’m done. I’m finished. I made too many mistakes. I missed my destiny. If you had the plans. But the problem is we don’t have the plans. If all is not well, then it’s not the end. If there are things holding you back, things out of place, things messy. That means you’re under construction. Don’t get discouraged. God is still working.
People have come against you. You’ve made mistakes. God is saying it’s not over. It’s all a part of my plan. You’re under construction. We’re not going to understand everything that happens. God’s ways are not our ways. Isaiah 55:8-9 Here’s the promise God gives us. If you’ll stay in faith and keep honoring him, then what he started in your life, he’s going to bring to completion what he has planned for you will come to pass. You didn’t mess it because you had a rough childhood. People tried to stop you from your dream. God has the final say. Tune off all those voices telling you that you blew it. You had your chance.
God wouldn’t have allowed it if it was going to keep you from your destiny. It’s all a part of the process where you trust him. When you’re under construction, will you trust him in the messy places where you trust him? When it doesn’t make sense? Job in the scripture went through all kinds of bad breaks. He lost his health, his business, his family. Everything fell apart for a while. It was still messy.
But he said in Job Chapter 40 to God, I know you can do anything and no one can stop your plan. This was after 42 chapters of Defeat Negativity when God restored Job and brought him out with twice what he had before when he changed his attitude. I wonder if we would do like Job instead of complaining about the mass being discouraged by what didn’t work out.
What if we’d start saying, Father, I want to thank you that nothing can stop your plan for my life? Thank you for what you have?
And for me is on the way,You’ve been honouring God. You’re about to see God flipped the switch.
Suddenly, the door will open. Suddenly the healing comes. Suddenly the right person shows up. I believe and declare. You’re about to go from construction to completion. Those things that are hindering you like Joe. God’s going to bring you out better. Despite mistakes you’ve made. Like Moses, you’re still going to fulfill your destiny and become everything. God created you to be.