Carry It On To Completion

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 45 - Philippians 1:3-6 - Carry It On To Completion - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 45 – Philippians 1:3-6 – Carry It On To Completion – Growing As Disciples

I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Good Work

Do you believe that I am doing a good work in you? Are you sure that I am molding and shaping you? Are you positive that I have been and will continue to do my good work in you? Can you rest with confidence in knowing that my work in you will continue right up until the day you come to meet me face to face? I suspect that I know why you are asking me these questions. Why is that? Sometimes, I get discouraged. Sometimes, I want to see more progress and the results of your work in me. Sometimes, I have even become depressed that I am not further along in my life of faith with you. You are even understating the depth of these negative thoughts, aren’t you? Yes, I am. Do you know where these discouraging and depressing thoughts come from? Not from you, of that, I am sure. That’s right. You do know where they come from don’t you? Yes, these discouraging and depressing thoughts do not encourage me, they do not spur me on in my walk of faith with you. Yes, these discouraging and depressing thoughts are not the truth, they are an attack on my faith. These thoughts are designed to try to undue or unravel your good work in me. They are an attack of the devil and all his evil. Yes, they are, you can be sure of that. These discouraging and depressing thoughts will not keep you moving forward with me. I don’t want that. That’s good.

What will help to recognize the good work I have and am continuing to do in you? I need to look back and remember the good work you have done in my life. I can see where I was, where I have been, where you have led me, what you have done in me and where I am today. Yes, that’s right. Stop and look at what I have done in your life. Remember all that I have done in your life up until this very moment. With such a glance backward are you encouraged or discouraged? I am greatly encouraged. Why is that? I can see that your hand has been on me. You have been molding and shaping me. You have been guarding and guiding me. Your favor has rested on me. You have been using me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Yes, at any time in the past, have I ever stopped doing my good work in you? No, you have never stopped working in me. What does that tell you about right now and into the future? You are and will keep on doing your good work in me. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord. Keep on allowing me to mold and shape your life. Keep on believing that I am working in you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I know I have been impatient. I have wanted to see more progress and results of your daily working in me. Only by looking back over time can I recognize your good work in me. Keep on doing your good work in me. Mold and shape me according to your plan. Amen

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A Good Work In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 84 - Philippians 1:3-6 - A Good Work In You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 84 – Philippians 1:3-6 – A Good Work In You – Growing As Disciples

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Under Construction 

I know that I am under construction. You are continuing to do your good work in me. Yes, I am. For that, I am thankful beyond measure. I am so glad that you are molding and shaping my life. Why is that? I want what you want. I want to become the person you have called me to be. I know that I am a work in progress. You are not finished with me yet. There is something that you are not saying. Sometimes, I get discouraged that I have not made more progress. Are you frustrated with the pace of my work in you? No, I am not frustrated with you or your work in me. I am frustrated with me. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m listening. You have my full attention. Will your frustration and discouragement do anything positive to advance my work in you? I doubt it. Actually, I’m pretty sure that my frustration and discouragement will actually slow down and hinder your work in me. Why is that? I have never seen anything good come out of my frustration and discouragement. What will pull you out of your frustration and discouragement? I need to remind myself that you are continuing your good work in me. Your good work in me will not stop until the day I come to meet with you in heaven. That’s true. So, what will you do? I will believe your promise. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. I will focus my attention on you. I will keep my eyes on you. That is very good.

What will you also be doing as you focus your attention on me? What will you also be doing as you keep your eyes on me? I will be taking my eyes off of myself. I will stop continually trying to measure my progress as your follower. When I take a misstep, make a mistake or sin, I will simply confess my shortcomings and weaknesses and sin to you. In those moments, I will simply drawer nearer to you, so I can keep on moving forward with you. Yes, you will and that will be very good. Always be confident and sure that you are under construction and my good work will always continue in you. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I welcome your work in me. Keep on molding and shaping my life. Use me for your purposes so I can accomplish your plans. Guide my prayers for others. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name as I partner with others. Amen

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He Who Began A Good Work

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Discipleship - Philippians 1:3-6 - He Who Began A Good Work - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – Philippians 1:3-6 – He Who Began A Good Work – Growing As Disciples

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Impatient

You are impatient. How am I impatient? That is good that you asked me that question. Why is that? You are impatient in numerous ways. But, I have one of your impatient attitudes in mind right now. I’m listening. I’m glad you didn’t say that you are waiting patiently. So, I’m not even waiting patiently for you to tell me how I am impatient? You tell me. No, I am not. That’s honest. What do you have in mind? How am I impatient?

You want to be completely changed right now. You want me to hurry up and finish my work. You want me to bring to completion the good that I began in you, right now. You can’t wait. Things are not moving fast enough for you. You are not making progress quick enough. Does this sound familiar to you? Yes, it does. Is it all bad that I am impatient? Is it a terrible thing that I want to be making more progress as your follower? What is the harm in wanting to shine brighter for you in this world? Isn’t a good thing for me to want to know your will more clearly and to accomplish it more fully? Yes, I am impatient. Yes, I am dissatisfied. If I am burning as a little flame, then I want to burn as a blaze of fire for you. I don’t want to be luke warm. I want to burn white hot. I don’t want to love you a little bit. I don’t want to serve you a little bit. I don’t want to know you a little bit. I don’t want to accomplish little things for you. I want more. I want all of the life that you have called me to live. Is there anything wrong with what I want? You have desires and passions that comes from me.

However, there are dangers in your impatience. How so? Are you grateful? Are you thankful? Are you prayerful? Do you believe that I began a good work in you? Do you trust that I will continue my good work in you? Do you trust my timing? Will you rely on me? Can you recognize that I am continuing to do my good work in you? I see. Yes, I am grateful and thankful. I will be more prayerful. I do believe in you. I do trust your timing. I will rely on you. I will take time to recognize and give thanks for your activity and work in and through my life. That will be very good.

There is one more danger in your impatience. What’s that? You are too focused on yourself. Not everything revolves around you. I want you to take your eyes off of yourself. You mentioned being more prayerful. Yes, I did. Be more prayerful for others. Pray that others will allow my good work to continue in them, just as you want it to continue in you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Lord, thank you for beginning a good work in me. You are changing the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Continue and bring to completion your good work in me. This is the prayer that I am also praying for my partners in the gospel. Amen

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He Who Began A Good Work In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - Philippians 1:3-6 -Impatient - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Philippians 1:3-6 -Impatient – Growing As Disciples

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)  

Impatient

Why aren’t I making more progress? Why aren’t I advancing more quickly in my faith? Why aren’t I bolder? Why aren’t I stronger? Why am I not bearing more fruit for your kingdom and bringing more glory to your name? Why aren’t I shining more brightly for you in this dark world? You are impatient. Yes, I am impatient. There is no doubt about that. That’s not good. Why is that? Let’s talk about impatience. I’d like that.

What good has impatience brought into your life? How has being impatient helped you? I’m not sure that impatience has helped me in any way. What has happened to you when you have become impatient? I have been discouraged and depressed when I have allowed myself to become impatient. Impatience has probably hindered rather than helped your work to continue in and through me. Probably? No, certainly. How so? It is very hard to hear your voice when I am impatient. It is very difficult to know how you are guiding me when I am impatient. It is almost impossible to know what you are giving me to do for you when I am impatient. Impatience has often made me blind and deaf to your activity in and through my life. Yes, it has.

Why are you impatient? What are your expectations? How do you think I will be working in and through your life? I’m not sure what you are asking me. Will I change you all at once? Will I give you all I have for you all at one time? Will you be completely changed in an instant? No, not in this life. Your work in and through me will be gradual. Your work in and through me will occur day by day as I follow you. Why is that? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. I am molded and shaped and changed as I spend time with you in your presence. I am becoming more like you as I spend time with you. Now you see me in part and you are being changed in part each and every day as you live in an intimate relationship with me. One day you will see me in full, then you will be completely changed. I look forward to that day, with great anticipation. That’s good. 

For now, can you accept the work that I am doing in you? For now, can you accept the pace at which I am changing you? You know best. I want your plan. I want what you have for me when you have it for me. I don’t want to run ahead of you or lag behind you. I will be patient. I will welcome you to work in and through my life when, where, why and how you will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for making me a partner in sharing the Gospel. Thank you for continuing your good work in me, day by day as I follow you. Guide my prayers for all my fellow partners in the Gospel. Make us all fruitful for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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