From Fathers Heart To Yours
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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God's Performing Good Work

            "I am confident of this very thing," Paul said, "that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6)
            This verse of scripture is quoted and referred to multiple times every week in pulpits around the world; and rightly so, it reminds us that we can be confident that God has not given up on us though we may not have performed well. He will and is continuing the performing good work of God in us. Hallelujah!
            This church of Philippians was started with a bang. Paul went to a women's prayer meeting down by the riverside and Lydia became born again along with her entire household. Then the prayer meeting moved up to her house where the home church started as well as housing the apostles.
            After this Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison, the inner prison I might add, for casting out a devil. While they were there, they had a midnight praise and worship session that caused a great earthquake. The power of God opened all prison doors and all chains fell off. When about to take his own life, the jailor was told "we are all here, don't take your life". When hearing this, he asked, "what must I do to be saved?" The answer: "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved as well as all in your household that believe." So they. After hearing the gospel, were saved and baptized.
            So now we have another home church. These two most likely joined up and became one as the scripture says. What a way to start a church!
            This church was later commended for giving themselves wholly to the Lord; for becoming obedient in all things; for becoming givers and helpers to the gospel and being lights themselves. They had a testimony of love, prayer, and peace.
            At the time Paul wrote this letter to them. He was exhorting and encouraging them to keep on for God had started something good in them and He wants to finish it.
            Can we hear that same encouragement today? God has not given up on us. Though you may be discouraged, disappointed, troubled or whatever mess-ups you've have, God is not through with you.
            Paul said that we need to follow his example. We may have come a long way, but we're not home yet. And just as he had to remind himself, so we must be reminded of not only where we've come from but also where we're going and what it takes to get there.
            There must be a forgetting of the past, no matter what we've done in the past, if we've confessed and asked forgiveness, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all sin and unrighteousness. So let's go! The devil likes to stop us by keeping us in the sins and mistakes of the past, but God is trying to get us to see that He has a great future for us if we forth for what's ahead. It takes a pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
            Cooperate with God! He is not going to force you nor drag you on in His ways. But if we look into His word and grab hold of His promises we can by them defeat our enemies and have God work in us both to will and do of His good pleasure!
            Look forward to the coming of Christ; it is very near! Be ready! Remember, you can so all things through Christ who strengthens you for God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus, according to the working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself! Amen!
 
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