Offers Now Forever Imparting Diligently Everyday Nurturing Truth!
Ramesh C. Reddy
"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)
Who have you put your confidence in?
I asked myself according to v.6 what is
Paul confident about?
Being confident of this,
1. That He who began a GOOD WORK in you
2. Will carry it on to COMPLETION
3. Until the day of CHRIST JESUS!
I asked myself what does 'confident' mean?
What came to my mind is an assurance without any doubt.
I asked myself why is it significant that
Paul is able to write,
'being confident of
It becomes that much more significant to see Paul being confident in
Jesus Christ even though he is under arrest and in chains. It shows that
Paul being confident goes beyond what he is facing to trust and have
assurance in Jesus Christ that He will also bless the Philippians with
three wonderful promises revealed in words such as GOOD WORK,
COMPLETION, and CHRIST JESUS. Paul believes that for himself too and not
just for the Philippians.
"Being confident" is
a present confidence that Paul has even though he is in jail. This
confidence lies in the fact that when God begins a GOOD WORK in someone,
He will finish it to COMPLETION. We all can take comfort in knowing that
just coming to Christ is a GOOD WORK the Lord has performed in our life.
Since He began that GOOD WORK, He will carry it to COMPLETION (our
Salvation is secure in Him). You can be confident this very moment that
the Lord Jesus will finish the work He has started in you even in other
areas of your life.
It goes beyond just having Salvation but
into the core of our lives as we are being sanctified by Him.
Specifically, Paul realizes no matter what situation he is faced with,
having a partnership in the Gospel is a good work that the Lord will
finish to completion.
I asked myself what are the
implications for my own life?
For almost 2 weeks, I have been sick with
a bad cough and mucous. No matter what I am faced with, I can be
confident that the Lord Jesus is right besides me and will finish the
GOOD WORK He started in me to COMPLETION. Praise the
Lord! Even when I mess up, I know my Lord and Savior is there for me. No
matter how I
feel about myself and where I have been, I can be assured that when
Jesus Christ saved me, Jesus began a
GOOD WORK in me. Since Jesus began a GOOD WORK in me, Jesus is One who
will carry it on to COMPLETION what He started until that day when it is
completed and I see Jesus face to face. Until then I can be reassured
everyday no matter what I am going through that my confidence can be in
Jesus Christ for He is working in me through all the weaknesses, trials,
and tribulations. Praise the Lord. He will finish the good work of my
partnership in the Gospel to completion. I can have my confidence in
Christ in all areas of my life! Amen!
When I look back at my life and see where I am now and where I was then,
it amazes me how the Lord Jesus has used different events to bring me to
a place of assurance that even my marriage with my lovely wife
is a good work that He began that started with the Gospel impacting my
life. When she was away from me from July 30, 2010 until Dec 30, 2011
due to visa reasons, the Lord Jesus made a way for me to be with my
wife multiple times as I visited her 4 different times in India
during that span of time. It has been such a blessing to be in India
with her. Now that she is here, we also have two wonderful precious daughters in
Through the years we see the promise of the Lord come to
fruitition. Thank you Jesus! We put our confidence in the Lord
knowing He will take care of us and He has! Praise the Lord.
contemplate where Paul was and how confident he is in the Lord, it makes
me want to have that kind of trust towards the Lord. Help me Jesus! If
Paul who was in chains locked up could exhibit that kind of confidence
in God's promises, I can make that a promise in my own life that I can
hang on to. For my Lord and Savior always keeps His promises for my
good. Praise the Lord!
Being involved in church was never easy for me
because I grew up listening to ministries on TV. Also, I went through a
very hard time that I did not want to be part of any church. What is amazing is even
when I had no consistent involvement in church before 2007 and even though
Hugo had his own congregation members to minister to, he sought me out in
2004 in an email:
you doing these days? Where are you attending worship? Love to have you
visit our new International congregation anytime." (Aug 12, 2004, 10:20
It took me 3 years to become part of OIF and
the Lord used Pastor Hugo to remind me He has not given up on me and my
consistent church involvement.
What I realized is how God brings out good even through
mistakes of our own in His grace and mercy through a waiting period,
through suffering, etc whether it involves churches, families, friends, etc
because it is His Good Work.
I am so thankful to Jesus that for the first
time in my life, 11 years ago, through the help of Pastor Hugo Cheng
and others, Lord helped me stay the course. Little did I imagine that
the Lord would choose to use a broken vessel like me, to serve in
different capacities in church to have partnerships with different
brothers and sisters now in 2018 in
Fellowship being involved in
ministries with my wife. It is His good work in me that He intends
to finish to completion especially in my weaknesses. Thank you
Jesus. He wants to do the same for you. In those 11 years, there
were battles I faced but the Lord Jesus was there to get me through.
He can do the same for you!
I am not where I desire to be when it comes
to my relationship with the Lord but I know it is a process that
begins with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you Jesus for
your promise in Philippians 1:6
Amidst the trials, tribulations, sins, etc, I
got to see that the Lord Jesus is not done with me yet in the GOOD WORK HE BEGAN.
Even, now He will carry it on to COMPLETION until the day of CHRIST JESUS!
Thank you Jesus.
I know my confidence cannot be in any human
being no matter how powerful I think they are, for no human being can
finish the good work in me without the Lord using them. Every human
being fails without the intervention of the Lord. But with the Lord
there is hope!
"Donít put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they
return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are
those who have the God of Israel as their
helper, whose hope is in the Lord
their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He
keeps every promise forever." (Psalm 146:3-6, NLT)
I am confident in Jesus that He will work in
me through all the weaknesses to make me and place me where He wants me
to be for His honor and glory! Praise the Lord.
Friend, you too can have the confidence that
the Lord Jesus will work in your life as you yield to Him. He has a way
of placing the right people at the right time to make an impact
beginning a good work in you to finish it to completion until His
return. But for that to happen, you need to ask yourself, where are you
confident in. For me, it has to start with Jesus Christ alone,
taking the help He provides.
I ask you now dear friend,
why be C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T in the Lord?
I don't know about you but this I know that
Paul did not put his confidence in himself with all his training,
degrees, accomplishments, etc. He did not even put his confidence in the
good he thought he did but IN CHRIST ALONE THE HOPE OF GLORY. It is this confidence in Christ that helped him
through years of prison, through shipwrecks, and persecutions. His
confidence in Christ is what gave Him the strength to get through
because He knew who was going to take care of Him no matter what
It may seem like I have put my confidence in
others alone based on all I shared but my confidence is in Christ who
uses His body to impact my life. Without Christ, this would not be
I don't know where you are
confident in. You maybe confident in your parents, your
husband/wife, your boy/girl friend, your friends, your pastors, your
accomplishments, your degrees, your awards, your training, and the
list can go on and on but all these things and even people will fail
us except ONE. Yes, you maybe reading this and thinking, I don't
know what's he talking about because look at my life, I have things
together. That's the problem friend when you think you have things
What happens when things are not together in
Will you crumble and fall to the wayside or
will you stand firm?
When I have put my confidence in so many things
without Christ, I have seen only shortcomings and failures
because of allowing sin to take control of my life. Jesus does not want
that for me and you. Jesus wants us to put our confidence in Him.
"No one is good, not one, all have sinned and
fallen short of the glory of God!" (Romans 3)
He who began a GOOD WORK IN YOU will carry it on to COMPLETION until the
day of JESUS CHRIST.
It is not anything we can take credit for but all the
credit goes to Jesus Christ for the price He paid when He died and rose
again to save us. Praise the Lord for His intervention poured out in our
lives by His precious cleansing Blood! Amen!
Friend, Jesus calls you by name! You are
precious and special in His sight. No matter where you are or have been,
you are never out of His love and never out of His reach. You can come
as you are to the Fountain of Blessing and find hope in time of need.
Praise the Lord!
Only our confidence
in GOD should be the ultimate confidence we should have. Because God
promised a wonderful promise for not just the Philippians whom Paul
could write with assurance but this promise is for you and me too, we
can be excited. Our God in whom
we put our confidence in will never fail us. I am talking about Jesus
Christ who is God-incarnate who came to save you and me from the bondage
of sin and death.
So, only in Christ should be where we are
confident in and no one else. Yes, friend no one else. It is Christ the
hope of glory
'Being confident of this,
that He who began a GOOD WORK in you will carry it on to COMPLETION
until the day of Jesus Christ!' (Philippians 1:6, NIV)
Allow Him to use people in your life to help
you as the Lord has used people in my own life to help me. Thank you Jesus.
Paul is able to
write this promise from jail! Why is
it we have such a hard time claiming God's promises?
One reason is because we do not spend enough time with the Lord to
realize how much He loves us and cares for us. When things seem to
go wrong in your life, don't automatically think that God is far
from you or has abandoned you. Scripture reminds us
we will have trials
and tribulations but blessed is the one who perseveres till the end
allowing God to finish the work He started. Please, please don't
give the Lord second place in your life. Most of our sorrows and
pain results because we give ourselves first place and give the Lord
the meager minutes of the day if we even give him those minutes :(
It is important to remember that Christ offers us forever infinite,
daily, neverending truth in his promises.
May you experience your confidence in Christ
alone the hope of glory knowing Christ offers now forever imparting
diligently everyday nurturing Truth!
The purpose of today's devotional is to know
that our confidence in life can always be based on Christ's work in us.
"Christ Offers Now Forever Imparting Diligently
Everyday Nurturing Truth! (C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T)/"Why be C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T in
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for loving me so much and dying for
my sin. Thank you for the confidence you gave Paul to rest in you
and be assured that you will take care of the Philippians with the good
work you began. Thank you Jesus that Paul's confidence was based in you
though he was in jail. Wow! I want to be confident in you always Jesus.
Please help me Jesus for I am really weak in a lot of areas but I thank
you so much for your promise of He who began a good work in you will
carry it on to completion. I praise you Lord and my heart wells up with
joy. Thank you Jesus so much that you also promise, 'My grace is
sufficient for you and in my weaknesses, in you I will find strength.
Thanks Jesus so much. I pray right now for those who are confident in so
many things other than you. Forgive them Oh Lord and bring them to you.
Forgive us and help us by taking our fears and we thank you that we can
rest in you knowing you offer now forever imparting diligently everyday
nurturing truth! Amen! Thank you for hearing us and answering our
prayer. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace,
Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a
life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I
need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround
me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your
presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you
love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek
your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for
your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case.
Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
(Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called ďAll in AllĒ)
No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in
and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with
the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend.
You donít need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word
reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you
and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before
moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to
which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be
part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible
believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to
Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who
brings us hope, healing, and help!
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but donít
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
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"This is my
work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)