But continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory, now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:18 GNT (emphasis added)
If people can celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and graduations, you can surely celebrate your progression towards living like Christ. There is nothing like looking back on who you used to be and who you are now and saying, “Thank you God for delivering me.” Every step you make towards being like your Heavenly Father is something to be celebrated. We all have setbacks and shortcomings (see Romans 3:23), but dwelling on it makes the devil happy because it stops progress. You can’t progress if you can’t get over the past and the mistakes that you made. Every time the devil tries to remind you of your shortcomings, thank him, and then take it to God for Him to work with you.
Maybe you use to cuss like a sailor, but now you’re toning it down a bit; or maybe you used to fly off the handle every time something didn’t go your way, but now you’re managing your emotions. Even yet, maybe you used to gossip, but now you keep your mouth shut and think the best of people. Maybe you were a drinker or a smoker, but now you find more productive things to do with your money and time. These are all steps of progress. Will you slip up at times, yes, of course, but God is there to pick you up and redeem you. Don’t minimize the small steps you’re taking towards being a better person—celebrate it and feel good about it. Stop looking at how far you have to go, and thank God for how far you have come.
Every time that God works with you to perfect an imperfection, you are taking steps towards glory. When you crucify your flesh and choose to flow with your spirit, God celebrates because that’s how He intended you to live in the first place. Every day that you act like God, talk like God, and think like God, it’s a black eye to the devil. The stronger you are in God, the more the devil will have trouble with you. You are not at the stage of perfection yet, none of us are, but your days on earth should be lived in such a way that you purpose to get there. Ask God to show you what needs to be worked on, and watch Him begin to do a work in you that will not only blow your mind, but it will blow the minds of everyone around you. Each day presents itself as an opportunity for growth, and you can be a living testimony as to what the power of God can do. I love what Joyce Meyer says, “I’m not where I need to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be!”