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He Who Began a Good Work in You

April 18, 2019

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He Who Began a Good Work in You

We all have ups and downs  in our life of faith  in the LORD God,  our Savior.     Our faith might be severely challenged  by what seems like unanswered prayer,  and we might be tempted  to question God’s power,  purpose,  salvation,  and love  in our measly life.     We might even be tempted  to think we have to take things  into our own hands — and even consider some other philosophy  or belief system,  reasoning that other seemingly successful people  follow those.     Therein lies the slippery slope.

In our weakness,  we feel very alone  and totally helpless.     But,  then we come across what Paul says  in Philippians 1:6,

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.

We might think  about how God began  that  “good work” of faith  in us  as we realized  He alone is LORD and God over all — our Savior and Redeemer.     But,  when is He going to  “perfect it”?     We have this humongous need  that is not being met.     How can one  keep on having faith  when prayers seem  to remain unanswered — and it hurts so much?     One feels their faith in God is getting weaker — not stronger or perfected.

For the faith we need,  Paul tells us  in Romans 10:17,

So faith  comes from  hearing,  and hearing  by the word  of Christ.

Does faith get weak  when we stop hearing?     Yes.     Just being  a human being  means  we need  to keep on hearing God’s word  to us,  so that we can be strengthened  in faith.     But,  that is not all.     Real  “hearing”  in the right way  means we must open up our Bibles  and meditate  on God’s word  to us.     It is not enough  to listen to someone else tell us  their version  of God’s word.     We must be hearing  “the word  of Christ”.     We need  to take time every day  to let God  personally  speak to us in His word — the Bible.     That’s where God teaches us.

We cannot produce faith  by our own gumption  and determined efforts.     The only thing  that produces faith  is getting  to know our LORD better and better,  by meditating  on His word  to us.     As we abide  in our Lord  by daily  reading His word and prayer,  He is able  to open up our eyes,  ears,  hearts,  and minds  to know Him  in the right way.     When we know God  in the right way,  our faith will grow  and through God’s grace,  we will be enabled  to trust the Lord  with our every problem and temptation.     Then God will be able  to  “perfect” His good work  in us — and we will have the peace  of knowing God truly is working all things  for our good  in the end.

Resting in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba,  Father,  thank You  for graciously coming to me  in Your word.     And, thank You  for faithfully working  in me  as I meditate  on Your word.     It’s comforting to know  that You are able  to perfect  Your work,  even in someone  like me.     Keep me close  to Your heart.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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