Session 5- Week 5
This week we will be going back to some of the verses we started this journey with a few weeks ago. However, this time we are going to do two things. First, we are going to “personalize” the verse. Then, we are going to “pray” a prayer asking the Lord to help us apply it. We will also write down any thoughts that come to us as we make this personal. It is very easy to generalize Scripture, but if we want the Word to dwell in us richly then we need to see what we are reading as a Word for ourselves. Then we need to take that word and seek God for ways to live it out. This is being both a hearer and doer of the Word. This will produce life and wisdom in us. Let’s keep going only this week and next week left.
Looking forward to hearing what God is showing you. Thanks for your input over these past weeks. Let’s keep sharing.
This week we will be rereading the book of 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.
I, Freda am confident of this, that God, my Saviour began a good work in me , and He will carry it on to completion, until the day of Christ Jesus.
Thank you Lord that you are my Saviour and my God. Thank you that you are the one who started this work in me and that it is a good work. I did not start it so I am not able to carry the weight of it being completed. I can trust you to finish what you have started. You will not quit, you will not stop, you will not sleep or rest until you complete your work in me. This gives my heart great confidence because I know I can trust you. Even when circumstances appear to say the opposite, I don’t place my trust in them. They change continually, but I place my hope in the Unchanging One. You are Faithful and True. You will fulfill your promise in me.
I am reminded of a few things personally as I have reread this verse at this point in our study. First of all, do I see every moment of God’s work in me as a good work? I have to confess, I have not. The moments I want to erase from my life I have not looked at as good. I have seen them as often offensive to my view of God. Yet, if I really have confidence in Him I can see that He only does good. That even the most painful and frustrating moments of my life have still been a part of His good work in me. He only does good. Secondly, do I really believe he will complete what he is doing? I can give all the right answers but I am not sure my actions have lined up here. Somewhere deep inside I have wondered if he would finish the job. The enemy makes us feel alone at times and when we embrace that we can feel like God has left us on our own. This is not truth, but if we believe it then we will think that the work of getting this thing done is upon us. Thank God He finishes what He starts. This fills my heart with hope.
I need to remember on life’s messy days that He only does good, that He will finish what He has started, and that the other messy people in my life in those moments are also works in progress.