Already-Not Yet

You and I live between the “already” and the “not yet”.

Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice.
The wisdom of the Word has been placed in your hands
The Holy Spirit has come to live inside of you.

But the full work of God in you is;
Not Yet

You have to understand where you live or you will find yourself confused and unprepared over and over again.

Sin has not been fully eradicated, you are not yet all grace will transform you to be.
The last enemy has not yet been placed under the powerful foot of the Messiah.
The moral battle rages.
The spiritual warfare goes on.
And be clear it is on this the turf that the battle, the warfare, is fought. It is warfare for your heart and it’s fought for control of your soul.
Your life is lived every day in the middle of that war.
At the epicenter of that war is this question:

Will the Lord do what he promised?
Will the Lord provide?
Can I step out in faith knowing He is with me?
Or do I have to worry when push comes to shove, I won’t have enough? 
Should I be afraid or is God trustworthy?

When you hit these hard times when your weakness is exposed be ready for the enemy to whisper in your ear ” where is your God now”?
And be ready to respond,
“He is where he is always been and always will be–with me in
power, glory, and grace.”
He will never abandon me. He is the one who said,
“I am with you always”
He never goes back on His word.

 “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Philippians 3:12-14


Paul David Tripp
New Morning Mercies


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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