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“being confident of this very thing:

that He who has begun a good work in you

will be faithful to complete it

until the day of Jesus Christ”

Philippians 1:6


Read that verse again.  It’s a beautiful, powerful, encouraging verse, with lots for us to take away from it.

First of all, I love how Paul says, “being confident”.  He has complete faith in God.  Paul knows God is a promise keeper.

He also knows that God never leaves anything unfinished.  When God raised Joseph up to the position of a trusted and valued slave in Potiphar’s household, it was a vast improvement over Joseph’s status when he was in the pit.  But God had not yet brought to completion the good work he had begun in Joseph.

When Moses and the Israelites marched away from Egypt, complete with the spoils of their former masters, little did they know that behind them was an angry and vengeful Pharaoh and his army, and ahead of them was the Red Sea.  God had yet to complete the good work He had begun.

Even looking at his own life, Paul could see that the good work begun on the road to Damascus was not yet complete.

Believe this:  God has only begun with you.  As the saying goes, He loves you just the way you are, but He has no intention of leaving you that way.  Look at those examples I just gave:  the work of Joseph, of Moses, of Paul, is not complete.  Their lives continue to teach, to illustrate, to inspire and encourage.  By the same token, the work God has begun in you will not be complete when He has seen you through this trial you are in, or when you have achieved this task He has set before you. 

So don’t worry; He’s not finished with you yet.



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