Do You Believe that God is Faithful?
He will Complete the Work He Began in You
by J.M. Troppello
God is faithful. Don’t allow discouragement and condemnation to set in and overwhelm your life if you have been unfaithful to God in some aspect of your life. As a Christian, you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9). However, you are not perfect and sinless. You’ll still sin and mess up in life. When that happens, go to God in prayer, confess your sins, and believe that He has forgiven you. Cultivate your relationship with Him daily so that you are focused on living by the Spirit and not your flesh (Gal. 5:16-26)
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (I Thess. 5:23-24, NKJV)
You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. God wants every part of you to be set apart to Him daily. “Every part of a Christian’s life should bear evidence that he or she is set apart as holy to God. This will result in being blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christians are already saints in the sense that they have been set apart to God. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to express holiness in this life so that the Lord would approve of their conduct upon His return. Blameless does not mean sinless, but free from causes for reproach and regret.” (Source: Thomas Nelson Study Bible)
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:6-11, NKJV)
This passage from Philippians 1:6-11 is another one of my favorite passages of Scripture. The work God began in you and me, He will complete. That very thought should warm your heart. God didn’t save you and then leave you hanging. He has given you the special gift of His Holy Spirit to help you grow in your walk with the Lord.
Pay attention to verse 9-11 which states that Paul prayed that the Philippian’s love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you, may be sincere without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
You need to cultivate your relationship with the Lord so that you abound in knowledge and discernment. You can do that by reading, studying, and applying God’s Word to your life daily. You must commit to personal praise and worship of the Lord. You need to develop a deeper relationship with God through prayer.
The verb approve in verse 10 is the verb that has been used in ancient literature for the testing of gold to determine its purity” (Source: TNSB). This means that your perspective on all that you see in this world – and how it applies to your life – should be filtered through the lens of God’s Word and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
I am still a work in progress in this area. You’re still in this world so you are also a work in progress. I’m thankful that God is faithful. He will continue the work that He began in my life and your life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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