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I Am Sure

I Am Sure

11 June 2009

Scripture:

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)

This short letter from Paul, written from a Roman prison cell, to the Christ-followers in Philippi, themselves suffering persecution, is probably the most positive, joyful book in the Bible.

Chapter one is full of expressions of praise and gratitude to God, of expectation that good will come out of the bad things that are happening, and of confidence in God’s guiding hand on the future.

Paul might have had every reason to be concerned about how the Philippian believers would cope with persecution and whether they would remain faithful and true to Christ. However, Paul had no doubts about the outcome. Paul was confident that their faith was God-initiated and that it would be God-sustained.

My emotions and my attitude are so often and so easily swayed by circumstances and by how I feel I’m doing as a Christ-follower. If it’s up to me to complete the work of grace that God has begun in my life, then I suppose there is reason for concern. But I can take Paul’s confidence for my own and live today without the slightest doubt that “…God, who began the good work within ME, will continue his work until it is finally finished.”

Prayer:

Father, thank you for starting a great work of grace in my life. Thank you for your Word today telling me that what you start, you finish! I confidently rely on you today for my feelings, my attitude, and my expectations. I am sure! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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