Thursday, December 19
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.
Many people use this verse as a promise to cling to when they’re facing trying times in life, and rightly so. However, what most don’t realize is that Paul didn’t write this verse from the comfort of an office or hotel room on one of his many journeys. Paul was actually in chains in a Roman prison when He wrote the majority of his epistles. This verse takes on new depth of meaning when you understand that he wasn’t just trying to pen some flowery, encouraging epithet that people could put on their walls or cross-stitch into a pillow some day. He was putting in writing what his faith was currently proclaiming in the midst of the most adverse of circumstances. But, how could he say such things about the Lord when he was in the position he was in? It’s simple, he was able to look back upon his life and experiences with the Lord and see the many things that God had done with and through him. The countless miracles and deliverances that he personally, and those he ministered to, were able to participate in encouraged him and kept his faith strong. The same God that came through in those earlier instances would surely come through again. One thing you must always remember, God is not trying to make a monument out of you, He’s trying to create movement in you. Though Paul was physically at a standstill, he was continually moving in what God had called him to do. Even if your first move is to look back to see how far you’ve come, refuse to let what comes against you bring your life and ministry to a halt. Allow the God of your life to continue to be God in your circumstance. – Love and Blessings. Pastor Jeff