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He Who Began a Good Work in You

February 9, 2016

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He Who Began  a Good Work  in You

When someone has heard  the gospel  of God’s love  and forgiveness  through faith  in Christ Jesus  —  and it touches their heart  —  “a good work”  has been started  within them  by the word  of God.     That  “good work”  is the “work”  of their eternal salvation.     God has planted the seed  of His word  in their heart.     This “good work”  is the gospel message exactly as it is presented  in the Bible  —  God’s  eternal word.

We must be careful here,   because not everything  in this world  that sounds good  to us and “touches our heart”  is honestly  the word  of God Almighty.     Satan is also very active  in promoting  his falsehoods.     But,  everyone needs  to check out  what they hear  with the Bible  —  God’s word.

When we diligently  check everything out  with the Bible,  we can be more sure  that we are hearing God’s word.    The Bible truths are  what we need to know  —  not some other man’s words.      That is why  the preacher,  Paul,  who preached God’s word  to the Philippians,  wrote  in Philippians 1:6-7,

For I am confident  of this very thing,  that  He who began  a good work  in you  will perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus.     For it is only right  for me  to feel  this way  about you all,  because I have you  in my heart,  since both in my imprisonment  and in the defense  and confirmation  of the gospel,  you all  are partakers  of grace  with me.

Paul was “confident”  in the fact  that the Philippian congregation  was diligently studying God’s word  —  and that they would continue  to study God’s word  throughout their earthly life.     That way,  God would be able  to  “perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus”  —  and Paul would continue praying  for them.

God has begun  “a good work”  in us.     Let us diligently study  His word  so that He may  “perfect it  until the day  of Christ Jesus.”     Confident  of God’s leading  in His word  —  the Bible  —  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for working  in our hearts  and strengthening us  in Your truths.     Perfect us in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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