"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?
After 22 years of faithfully working in a
job, I lost it recently. Sometimes, it feels like a dream and not
reality. How it happened is painful too. What we are going through
is painful but also filled with hope. The apostle Paul who was
chained to a guard in jail is able to write to the Philippians:
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.
Wow! Paul who is in jail is able to tell the Philippians that
he is confident in the Lord that He who began a good work in them
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. This
is the confidence Paul had in Jesus. I need to have that same
confidence in the Lord even though I have lost my job after 22 years
of service. My confidence in the Lord should not be based on outward
circumstances but for who He is. Paul's faith never wavered even in
I tell myself, 'All things work together
for good to them that love God and are fitting into His plans."
and "For I know the plans I have for you
says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for evil, to give you
a future and a hope!" (Jeremiah 29:11)
We are so thankful to the Lord that even in this loss, through
reflection and prayer, I felt called to do ministry with Pittsburgh
Standard fulltime. The challenging aspect has been to fundraise but
we are so thankful to those of you who have faithfully partnered
with us in this ministry. A comforting verse came to me in Psalm 9
that said, "You have vindicated my work,
declaring from your throne that it is good."
I needed to hear that from the Lord because at times it has
been very discouraging for Chandra and I and at times it has been
exciting to embark on this journey. Philippians 1:6 comforts me a
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!
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! I put so much confidence in a man to restore my job
but no matter how powerful he was, he could not do it either. This
"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)
As we embark on this new journey, 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. We are also
confident that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will continue to
raise up prayer and financial partners as we desire to do full time
ministry. Thank you Jesus! We hold on to hope!
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
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!