Good Work In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - Philippians 1:6 - Good Work In You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Philippians 1:6 – Good Work In You – Growing As Disciples

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

Complete 

You can be sure that I began a good work in you. Have you noticed that I have been molding and shaping your life? Have you noticed that I am making you into the person I want you to be? Have you noticed that I am helping you to live the life I have called you to live? Yes, I’ve noticed. That’s it? That’s all you want to say? No, not all. There is a lot I would like to say. Go ahead, I’m listening. I am so encouraged that you began a good work in me. To think that you are molding and shaping my life is beyond amazing. My words cannot begin to express how thankful I am that you are making me into the person you want me to be and helping me to live the life that you have called me to live. Why are you so encouraged? I could never make myself into the person you want me to be. It is so comforting to know that I am the work of your hands. I welcome your work in my heart and mind and life. There is nothing about me that I want left untouched by you. I give you my complete permission to do your work in and through my life. Twist me inside out. Turn me upside down. Give me a good shake. Do whatever is necessary to continue your good work in me. Anything else? Yes, I could never do what you have called me to do. I could never live the life that you have called me to live. I could never do what is pleasing in your sight, without your help. So, here I am. Keep on working in and through me. Yes, I will. 

How have I worked in your life? What are some of the tools that I have used to continue my good work in you? Why do you ask? It is important for you to be able to recognize my work in and through your life. I see. You have used your word to work in my life. Your word has been changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life. That’s right. What else? You have used your body of believers, your church to change me. How so? You have given fellow believers important words to speak into my life. I have also been changed, as I have worshipped you, with other believers in your body. That’s true. What else? You have used the ministry you have given me to do for you to mold and shape my life. As I have gone and done what you have asked of me, I have come to rely on you. I have drawn near to you. I have asked for your help. I have rested in your presence. I have listened to your instructions. I have followed your guidance. In your presence, I have been changed. That’s right. You have used every twist and turn, every up and down, every back and forth, every circumstance of life as a tool in your hand to mold and shape my life. That’s right. Will you welcome my work in your life, until the day in which it will be complete? Yes, I will.

Heavenly Father, thank you for beginning a good work in me. I welcome all the work you want to do in and through me. Make me into the person you want me to be. Help me to live the life you have called me to live. Use my life fully for your kingdom and glory. Amen

Key Question… What changes have you noticed in your heart and mind and life as God has continued His good work in you?

Living It Out… Welcome God’s good work in you and allow Him to bring it to full completion.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will bring His good work in you into full completion.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has been working in you.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you welcome God’s continual working in you.

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Being Confident

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Mixed Emotions – Philippians 1:6 – Being Confident – Growing As Disciples

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 1:6 (NIV)

Confident 

I’m confident. You are confident about what? I am confident that you began a good work in me. When did I begin my good work in you? Now, if I were to quickly answer that question, I would give the wrong answer, I’m sure. What would be your wrong answer? I would say that your good work began in me on the day that I began to follow you as my Savior and Lord. You’re right, that is the wrong answer. It isn’t a bad answer, it’s just the wrong answer. What is the correct answer? You began your good work in me before I was born. You designed and created me in my mother’s womb. Yes, I did.

But, let’s talk about the work I have been doing in and through you since the day you started to follow me as your Savior and Lord. I’d like that. How do you know that I have been doing a good work in you? Well, looking back over the years, I can see the dramatic changes you have made in me. How so? I am nothing like the person I once was. My whole perspective has changed. My values are completely different. My hopes and dreams are nothing like what they once were. Go into some detail. At one time my thoughts were entirely on the things of this earth. I gave no thought to the things of heaven. My goal was to pursue the comfort and pleasures of this life. I lived solely to please myself. I lived a dark and sinful life. I was walking on a path that led away from you. I was self-indulgent. I was self-centered. I was self-sufficient. In total, I was insufferably proud. To tell you the truth, I would have been quite embarrassed to have my thoughts and words and deeds held up to your close scrutiny. What has changed? You have and are continuing to change my heart and transform my mind. You have given and are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. You are helping me to become like you. It is my utmost and highest desire to do what is pleasing in your sight. I know that I am far from perfect. But, I have been and am willing for you to take a close look at my life. You will find flaws. You will find mistakes. You will find sins. I have no doubt about that. I have no doubt about something else. What’s that? You are not finished with me yet. You will continue to mold and shape my life. You will continue to make me into the person you have called me to be. You will keep on doing your work in and through my life. Yes, I will. For that, I am thankful beyond measure. That is very good. 

Heavenly Father, I know you started a good work in me. I welcome your good work in me. Sometimes, I have been impatient and slow to notice your good work in me. Thank you for molding and shaping my life and never stopping doing your good work in me. Amen

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Bring It To Completion

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – Philippians 1:6 – Bring It To Completion – Growing As Disciples

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

My Work

Who started doing a good work in you? You did.  I knew you would say that. I’m wondering why you would say that. Why is that?  I can see that you are not confident about the progress you are making as my follower.  You have been worried that you are not growing fast enough, is that true? Yes, it is.  You have been concerned that you may fall short or miss the mark regarding who I want you to be and what I want you do for me, is that also true?  Yes, it is. If I am the one who started doing a good work in you, won’t I also be the one who will keep on doing that good work in you? Yes, you will. Do you think that you are the best one to judge your progress or growth as my follower?  No, not at all. Have you been judging your growth and progress as my follower? Yes, I have been judging my growth and progress as your follower.  It’s time for you to stop doing that. Why is that? Why do you think? When I evaluate my own growth and progress as your follower, I set myself up as my own judge.  As my own judge, I might mistakenly think that I have made either a lot of progress or very little progress. I might become complacent or I might become discouraged.  It doesn’t matter, you never intended to make me the judge of my own progress.  No, I did not.

What do you think I want you to do? I think you want me to continue to allow you to do your good work in me.  How will you do that?  I will keep coming to you. I will keep drawing near to you.  I will keep meeting with you in your word.  I will keep loving, following and serving you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength.  I will live in a constant dialogue of prayer with you. I will rely on you. I will trust you. I will believe with all my heart that you are doing your good work in me. I will have no doubt that you will bring your good work to full completion. You will make me who you want me to be.  You will give me what you want me to do. Your hand will be on me. You will make me able. You will make me faithful. You will accomplish your work in and through my life.  I will accomplish the purposes and plans you have prepared for me to do for you.  Yes, you will.  I will continue to do my good work in you until the day you come to live forever in heaven with me.  

Lord, I have been worried that I am not growing and making fast enough progress as your follower. Now, I have come to realize that it is you who is doing your work in my life. I believe with all my heart that you will bring to full completion all your work in me. Amen

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