Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
Do you ever feel this way about your life? How about in your relationship with God?
As a person who is fairly new at building and growing in their relationship with God, and even people who have been building for years and years, we all hit points where we go, “Well, I did it again! I cannot go back to God again and ask Him to help me overcome this same old sin! Surely He won’t even forgive me? After all, He already forgave me for that one and here I am needing to ask for help again for the 2nd time…” or the 10th time…” or the 50th time.”
Do Not Give Up!
It is easy to get discouraged and want to just give up. However, when God saved you, He knew you would be right here where you are needing help again. One verse that comes to mind is Psalm 103:14 (single-click to go to that post) which we studied through not too long ago. He really does remember that we are made from dust and He knows that we are going to require His constant loving care, power and patience.
Good news!! He has plenty of loving care, power and patience for us!
We are going to look at a verse from Philippians again today, but right near the beginning of the letter. Hindsight being so good, I probably should have started at the beginning a few weeks ago.
We are going to focus on Verse 6 but read through Verses 3-6. I hope you will take the time to read all of Chapter 1 today.
Philippians 1:3-6 (Focusing on Verse 6) ESV
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
The Philippian church had a few issues going on. They had some false teachers that had come in and were trying to confuse them about the fact that the only way to be brought to God is through trust in Jesus Christ who died for each one’s sins. They also had some discord among the believers themselves that was causing division. There were other things too which you can read on your own. (The issues are addressed in Chapters 2 & 3.)
As Paul prepared to talk about the issues he needed to address, he first wanted to encourage the new believers that God is faithful in sanctifying those that He has saved.
Let’s go to Verse 6:
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Let’s look at the first part:
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you…
Paul, himself, has seen the faithfulness and God over and over. He really, really knows that God will complete the work He began when He saved them. This work, known as sanctification, is done by God through the power of the Holy Spirit of God. He does it in our hearts and lives as we get to know Him better and want to be more like Jesus Christ Himself.
“…will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
As you probably know, in The Book of Acts 1: 6-11, Jesus was about to ascend into heaven to be once more at the Father God’s side. He told them that He would send another Comforter (the Holy Spirit) and that He, Himself, would come back one day. Paul is referring to this day – the day Jesus returns. They just assumed He was coming back very soon, instead of hundreds, maybe even thousands of years later.
What I Believe
There is more scripture that supports the opinion that the day of Jesus Christ in each life is the day their physical life ends and they meet Jesus Christ face to face.
That being said, I believe that we can know that the day that God completes the work of sanctification is the day we meet Jesus face to face after this earthly life is over. There are different schools of thought on this so please do not think I am picking an argument, I am not. This is simply what I believe and I am still learning and growing just like you are. If you would like to talk about it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One day we will have a talk about the Essentials in Christ. Today, I will just say that the essential thing is that we trust Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for our salvation and that we absolutely know that He is the only way to get to God. He calls Himself the Door. I hope you will read about this in our “Go Deeper Today” as soon as you get a chance.
Thank You so much, Lord, for Your beautiful Word. I ask You that You touch each one of Your children today with it. Help us to trust You and glorify You as You help us to be more like You. Please help us not to take Your grace flippantly but help us to know that it is there for us when we need it. I love You, Lord! Help us all to love You more! Help us to glorify You with our every breath. In the loving, merciful name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
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