God Is A Finisher…

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” 
Philippians 1:6

Some people are great starters but can’t finish anything. Others seem to be able to complete everything they’re given. There’s always a great sense of accomplishment & satisfaction whenever we fully complete a task. When all the loose ends have been tied up and there is nothing else to do, we feel good.

Today’s verse lets us see a little of the character & nature of God.  Paul teaches us that he has no doubt that God is a finisher. Whatever God starts in us He’ll keep at until it’s complete. What a powerful characteristic this is. Not only does it show perseverance it also shows outstanding stewardship on God’s part.

Remember that every work that God starts is a great work. The purpose and plan that God has for us are great works. God has already started them in us & He’s going to complete them without question! God is a finisher of everything He starts.

This week let’s allow God to perform His great work in us rather than us pushing back against it. Let’s lend our voice to Him in agreement by speaking out “Yes Lord, I allow your great work in me to progress!” Before long the fruit of our yielding will cause our lives to move rapidly towards a flourishing finish. We’ll notice the swift change & so will all those around us.

Roadworks…

“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished…”
Philippians 1:6

When roadwork commence on a highway it’s easy to become frustrated. We have to slow down and crawl along while they work to upgrade the road. Eventually it is complete and we are speeding along in safety again. We soon forget that it had ever happened.

Likewise our verse today tells us about the work God has planned in us. He says He has already started it and that it is going to continue. It will keep going until it is complete just like road works. At that time we will again speed along in life and get to the planned destination safely.

The powerful key to victory here is to never allow frustration to set in. God is doing a perfect work in us so we need to slow down and yield to His mighty hand. It may seem slow, bumpy and dirty but as soon as it’s complete we’ll forget the difficulty & frustration that was there. We’ll be speeding along with a smile on our face.This week let’s remember that God is doing a work in us and in everyone around us. Decide not to react in frustration & anger but reach out to others with love and concern. As we do this we’ll reap the same back as a harvest in our life. Rather than people reacting to us they’ll be supporting us.  

Making 2017 Count…

“I am the Alpha & the Omega, the First & the Last,
the Beginning & the End”
Revelations 22:13

It’s impossible to finish something that’s never been started. A race cannot be won unless we leave the starting line. A cake cannot be baked unless we first gather the ingredients. A masterpiece cannot be painted without inspiration. If we have the right stuff at the beginning then the finished product will be better than expected.

This weeks verse is Jesus speaking. He’s letting us know how we can have fullness in everything we do. Whenever we include Jesus at the start of anything, He’ll help us carry it onto completion. He’ll stick with it all the way to the end [Philippians 1:6]. But, if we decide not to embrace Jesus at the beginning we’ll be on our own. We’ll be responsible for the outcome, not Him.

January is the perfect time of the year to put Jesus into our 2017. Lets include Him & His way of doing things into every project, task & test we face. Remembering that Jesus will never fail or abandon us [Hebrews 13:5]. Now, it’s easy for us to make excuses & have reasons why we can’t. But let’s be intentional & deliberate this year and just make it happen.

In the week ahead let’s get 2017 off to the right start. Let’s not concern ourselves with our already failed New Years resolutions. Let’s start today by being intentional & deliberate about including Jesus in everything. Let’s make sure we’re doing things His way & not ours. In no time at all we’ll be looking back over this year exclaiming how glad we are that we included Jesus & did things His way.

To Be Continued…

“He who began a good work in you will continue it on to completion…”
Philippians 1:6

There’s nothing like being on a winning team. Each member trains harder, focuses sharper & achieves more simply because of the team’s success. Everything seems to be achieved quicker. Difficulties are conquered easier & there’s joy & happiness in the lives of everyone involved.

Today’s verse lets us know we’re on a winning team. From the time we gave our lives to Jesus He’s been working with us towards victory. Our verse explains that Jesus began the work, He’ll continue the work & He’s going to complete the work. But if we never allow Jesus to begin His work then we’ll never see Him complete it.

We’re all a work in progress. Jesus is working with each & every believer to deliver them to victory. But we must let Jesus into the difficult areas of our life to allow Him to begin & complete His work.

Every situation, difficulty or hardship we face in life will fit into one of these 3 areas:

  1. Jesus is beginning His work in it
  2. Jesus is continuing His Work in it
  3. Jesus is completing His work in it

Once we understand where it fits we can confidently leave it with Him until it’s finished.

This week let’s give the difficult areas of our life to Jesus. Allow Him to begin His Work in them. Let Him continue unhindered. Once Jesus has completed His work start giving thanks & praise to Him like never before. We’re on a winning team with Jesus. Let’s live life victoriously by allowing Him to begin, continue & complete His work in our lives this week.

God is Faithful…

“And God is faithful” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Have you ever promised to do something for someone & then neglected to do it? This can be a frustrating experience both for you and for the person you promised. You had every good intention to complete it but it just didn’t happen. Some people will experience this scenario frequently while others won’t. Your experience will come down to your ability to be faithful to what you promised.

Today’s verse gives us a window into the character & nature of God. We’re told by the Apostle Paul that “God is faithful”. In addition to everything else Paul tells us about God he’s ensuring that we understand that God will never let us down. Never, Ever!!! To understand this we must understand that God is not like us [Numbers 23:9, Hebrews 6:8, Isaiah 55:8)

We can’t judge God’s behavior by how we’d act in similar circumstances (2 Timothy 2:13). If we’re feeling inadequate He is our sufficiency. If we’re feeling trapped He is our freedom. If we’re feeling sad He is our joy. Even when we’re unfaithful, God is ALWAYS FAITHFUL. Everything God has promised He will complete (Philippians 1:6) because He is faithful.

This week let’s get ourselves out of God’s way so His faithfulness can enter into our lives. Let’s stop making excuses & apologies as to why God cannot do what’s needed in our lives. Let’s take the promises that God has given us in His Word, believe them and let the Faithful One work on us to produce them in our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:24).


HERE’S A QUICK WORD STUDY TO ENCOURAGE YOU THIS WEEK

These scriptures will help us understand God’s faithfulness & His heart to complete everything He has spoken.

Numbers 23:19, Lamentations 3:22-23, Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 32:4, Romans 4:21, 2 Timothy 2:13, Nehemiah 9:8, Psalm 106:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, Hebrews 6:13-18, Joshua 23:14, Joshua 21:45, 1 Kings 8:56, 1 Chronicles 16:15, Psalm 145:13, 2 Peter 3:9, Genesis 12:2-3, Genesis 21:1-2, Romans 9:9, Galatians 4:28, Hebrews 6:13-15, Hebrews 11:11, 2 Samuel 7:12-13, 1 Chronicles 17:11-12, Jeremiah 29:10, Galatians 3:14, Hebrews 10:23, Romans 3:3-4, Ezekiel 12:25, Habakkuk 2:3, Acts 13:32-33, 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, Revelation 1:5, Revelation 19:11

No Doubt…

Philippians 1:6There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”

Some people are great starters but can’t finish anything. Others seem to be able to complete everything they’re given. There’s always a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction whenever a task is fully completed. When all the loose ends have been tied up and there is nothing else to do we feel good.

Todays verse let’s us see a little of the character and nature of God.  Paul teaches us that he has no doubt that Jesus is a finisher. Whatever God starts in us He’ll keep at until it’s complete. What a powerful characteristic this is. Not only does it show perseverance it also shows outstanding stewardship on God’s part.

Remember that every work that God starts is a great work. The purpose and plan that God has for us are great works and friends; He’s already started them in us.  Know that He is going to complete them… no questions asked! God is a finisher of everything He starts.

This week allow God to perform His great work in you rather than push against it. Lend your voice to it in agreement by speaking out “Yes Lord, I allow your great work in me to progress” Before long the fruit of yielding will cause your life to move rapidly towards a flourishing finish. You’ll notice the swift change and so will all those around you.

Caution Roadwork…

Philippians 1:6 “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished…”

When roadwork commence on a highway it’s easy to become frustrated. We have to slow down and crawl along while they work to upgrade the road. Eventually it is complete and we are speeding along in safety again. We soon forget that it had ever happened.

Likewise our verse tells us about the work God has planned in us. He says He has already started it and that it is going to continue. It will keep going until it is complete just like road works. At that time we will again speed along in life and get to the planned destination safely.

The powerful key to victory here is to never allow frustration to set in. God is doing a perfect work in us so we need to slow down and yield to His mighty hand. It may seem slow, bumpy and dirty but as soon as it’s complete we’ll forget the difficulty and frustration that was there. We’ll be speeding along with a smile on our face.

This week know that God is doing a work in you and in everyone around you. Decide not to react in frustration and anger but reach out to others with love and concern. As you do this you’ll reap the same back as a harvest in your life. Rather than people reacting to you they’ll be supporting you. Try it and see just how true the Word of God can be in your life.