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Paul always gave thanks to God on behalf of the Philippian Christians each time he remembered them, because of their good work toward the gospel. He prayed with joy for all of them, especially because of their partnership in the gospel from day one. They were prompt-to-do it Christians; they stood behind Paul, and supported him all the way. So Paul made a special declaration that God would perfect the good work He started in them.

Reference: Philippians 1:6 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) 'I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.'

In the above verse, Paul made a profound statement that denotes the great confidence He had in the Philippian Christians, in their process of supporting the gospel and becoming more like Christ. Paul was doubtlessly sure that the 'good work' would not only continue in their lives, it would also yield tremendous results. In particular, this assurance was grounded in the work of Jesus Christ.

'Until the day of Jesus Christ' clearly speaks of the end of times. That means, God's work in our lives is an on going process till Jesus shows up. So at any present time, while we wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus, His good work in us continues. If you want to see God's will continually fulfilled in your life, don't rush anything. Follow the leading of God's Spirit and be sure your plans are conceived by Him. Don't try to help God in any situation to fulfil His purpose in you. In other words, don't try to do anything for God flesh-based, even when you feel so.

Everything that is conceived in you by the Spirit will always stand the test of time. So be careful to follow the leading of the Spirit, instead of rushing it, having it, or delivering it in a hurry. Sometimes, while waiting for the manifestation of an expectation, people may suggests all kinds of things to help you to achieve the same thing God has purposed to accomplish through you, but be courageous enough to discern the difference between the way of the Spirit and carnal means because it will definitely happen by His Spirit, if you hold on to God. It is God that works in you to reveal His purpose, and continues to works in you so that you can work it out (see Philippians 2:13 ESV).

Remember, the flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to spirit (see John 3:6 NIV 2011 Edition). If you're not going to be patient with what God has started in you, you may miss His best or end up with less. When you arrive at the realm of your desire as a result of God's will, because it is done God's way, and happened in God's good timing, it makes certain that He and He alone perfected it and He gets the glory and praise for enabling you to get through it. Therefore, it pays to patiently do it God's way and follow Him to the end. So when Satan suggests any help to you before time, discern it by the Spirit and refuse to accept it. When he attacks, continue to believe and stand firm on the Word of God concerning you; then rebuke and remind him that he didn't begin any good thing in you.

In Galatians 3:3, Paul tagged the Christians in Galatia, "foolish Galatians!" He said to them, "Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?" (NIV). Having started their Christian journey by faith, all of a sudden, they began to deviate from the way of the Spirit by charting a new course based on the flesh. But Paul challenged them about it in order to restore them back to full life of the Spirit.

Have you been walking with God and believing Him for that great expectation? Whatever the desire is, God who put it in your heart will complete what He started, if you keep on trusting Him and standing firm on His Word concerning what He's doing. Don't rush things or resist His work in your life. Don't give in to wrong ideas, worldly suggestions, or immediate gratification that can lead you astray, no matter the pressure. When it seems like you're missing it, receive His grace to change your direction, stay focused and keeping walking in the right path.

Psalmist says, 'The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands' (Psalm 138:8 NKJV). Hear me, you can never be forsaken because God does not have any forsaken project. Therefore, you can rest assured that He perfects all concerning you.

Scripture Reading - Psalm 19:7; Philippians 2:12; 1 Peter 5:10; James 1:4.

Guided Prayer: Glory be unto God, who works in me, both to do and to will of His good pleasure. Lord God, you continually perfect everything that concerns me and cause me to walk in the reality of your glorious purpose for my life. Thank you for empowering me by your Spirit to continually fulfil my destiny in Christ, according to your good and perfect plan, in Jesus' Name, Amen.


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