Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perfomr it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

What do you want to do with your life? Most of us have hopes and dreams. Some have plans and schemes. Some people have selfish desires while some long to help others.

What does God want to do in your life? This is a more important question. How we respond to this question affects both here and in eternity. What is the answer to this question?

God desires to begin a work in your life. “He which hath begun”. This is surprising, but true. God wants to work in the lives of sinners without a doubt. God wants to work in the lives of believers, as well. Here is amazing grace ready to work in us.

This is the opposite of what we naturally want. We want to reach for the stars. We want to achieve financial success. We want to climb higher and higher. God, on the other hand, wants to reach down. He wants to meet and change sinners. He wants to seal us as His own. God wants to start His work in you!

God desires to begin a good work in your life. “He which hath begun a GOOD work in you”. God's work in us may not seem good at the beginning. He begins this work by making us aware of our sins (Romans 3:10-23). We learn that our good works are worthless. Isaiah wrote, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags...” (Isaiah 64:6) . We learn that we have earned only death. Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

However, grace – God's grace - brings us hope. God loves us unconditionally. Jesus died for us – once for all. It is through this we move from conviction to conversion. Faith in Jesus brings many good things to us. Forgiveness of sins, assurance of heaven, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We now have a purpose to live - for the glory of God

God desires to perform a permanent work in your life. “...will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”. Paul was confident this good work would last. What God starts, He completes!
Have you sensed God working in your life? The God who began a good work within us continues it through our lives and will finish it when we meet Him face to face.

God's work for us began when Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins. God's work in us began when we first believed. Now the Holy Spirit lives in us, enabling us to be more like Jesus every day. Paul is describing the process of Christian growth and maturity that begins when we accept Jesus as our Savior and continues until Jesus returns.

Do you sometimes feel as if you'll never make progress in your spiritual life? When God starts a project He finishes it! So when you are discouraged, remember that God won't give up on you!! He promises to finish the work He has begun. When you feel incomplete, unfinished, or distressed by your shortcomings, remember God's promise and provision.

Don't let your present condition rob you of the joy of knowing Jesus or keep you from growing closer to Him.

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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