Philippians 1:6 - Jesus Can Do It! Will You Let Him?

Philippians 1:6 - Jesus Can Do It!  Will You Let Him?

Philippians 1:6 (KJV) Being confident of this very thing, that 
he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the 
day of Jesus Christ: 

Philippians 1:6 (CWR) There's no doubt in my mind that God who 
began a good work in you will continue to do so until Christ comes 
back to take you home. 

Philippians 1:6 (TLB) And I am sure that God who began the good 
work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace 
until his task within you is finally finished on that day when Jesus 
Christ returns. 


The Lord is a perfect workman. He completes every work to which 
He sets His hand, if only the human material permits Him to do so. 
Furthermore, the product of such workmanship will be perfect. And He does not 
weary in well-doing. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

The God who began a good work in us continues it throughout our 
lifetime and will finish it when we meet him face to face. God's work 
'for' us began when Christ died on the cross in our place. His work 
'in' us began when we first believed. Now the Holy Spirit lives in 
us, enabling us to be more like Christ every day. Paul is describing 
the process of Christian growth and maturity that began when we 
accepted Jesus and continues until Christ returns. [Life Application SB] 

What God begins, He completes.  This should bring comfort to 
each one who knows Jesus Christ personally.  He began the "good work" 
in you when the Holy Spirit moved upon your mind to draw you to 
Jesus; He softened your heart and ordered circumstances for your 
conversion.  In the very same way that He orchestrated your new birth, He 
also now directs your new life.  Oh, don't misunderstand; you have a 
part to play.  It is a responsive one.  He calls, you follow; He 
directs, you obey.  And so the "good work" in you is being carried on!  
Are you following?  Are you obeying?  Today is a great day to press 
on in both these areas!  [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

   It would be nice to renovate a room or an entire home with 
the click of a button or a wave of a magic wand. Imagine the time 
you would save, the hassle and mess you would avoid, and all the 
money you would have left over because it did not cost you a penny. 
Despite these great advantages, there is one downside to all this 
convenience.You would not enjoy the satisfaction that comes from achieving a 
difficult task through hard labor and perseverance.  
   The Christian life is like a home-renovation project. It is a 
long, tiring, and sometimes painful process. There are no buttons to 
push to become a mature and perfect Christian instantly. But Paul 
reminds the Philippians that God will see his children through this 
process to completion and perfection. As you read, be encouraged that 
God is working in you, conforming you to the likeness of his own Son 
(see Romans 8:29).  
   God begins a process of changing believers as soon as he 
saves them. Through the Holy Spirit, God works on each Christian's 
character bit by bit. This process takes a lifetime. Signs of progress 
come and go, but the work is never finished. Only when Christ returns 
will all believers be made perfect. Meanwhile, God's work in us 
continues (Philippians 1:6).  
   If you belong to Christ, do not let life's setbacks and 
failures discourage you. God has promised to finish the good work he has 
begun in you, and in time, he will do just that. In the meantime, keep 
your relationship with him vital by studying his Word and spending 
time in prayer. Also, encourage other Christians who may be 
struggling with failure by reminding them of God's promise. [The One Year 
Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman] 


   Joni Eareckson Tada says that in the early days of her 
paralysis, she was "desperate for a promise - any promise - that would 
bring hope into my dark and bleak world. Would I ever smile again? 
Would life have any meaning? Could anything good come from useless 
hands and feet?"  
   Someone pointed out Philippians 1:6, which told her she 
should be confident that the good work God had begun in her would be 
carried on to completion. She quoted the verse over and over as if it 
were a lifeline. She prayed repeatedly, "knocking and knocking at the 
door of his tenderness and mercy until he opened it."  
   Tada found peace through her prayers, and her depression 
lifted. Prayer was what made all the difference. "It was as though God 
pressed the fast-forward button on my walk with him," she says, "and I 
began growing, as they say, by leaps and bounds. Out of nowhere, I 
began thirsting for his Word. Surprisingly, I was hungering after his 
righteousness. I believe a special bond, a forged closeness, was custom-made 
between the Lord and me during those times of pleading in prayer."  
   The Scripture so helpful to Tada was Paul's message to "all 
of God's holy people in Philippi" (Philippians 1:1, NLT). Paul was 
assuring them that when God births new life in a person, he is faithful 
to finish what he started. Paul was therefore able to pray for them 
with joy at their faith and their future.  
   Joni Eareckson Tada's changed and miraculous life came about 
through her desperate yet simple prayers that believed God would be 
faithful, despite her paralysis. In our own most desperate experiences we 
can utter the same simple, earnest pleading that God will open the 
doors to his mercy and grace.  
   Father, you have been at work in my life. Please continue to 
carry to completion everything you have planned. Help me to hunger 
after your righteousness and to faithfully pray for others. [The One 
Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra] 

Joni Eareckson Tada's Website: 


Do you sometimes feel as though you aren't making progress in 
your spiritual life? When God starts a project, he completes it! As 
with the Philippians, God will help you grow in grace until he has 
completed his work in your life. When you are discouraged, remember that 
God won't give up on you. He promises to finish the work he has 
begun. When you feel incomplete, unfinished, or distressed by your 
shortcomings, remember God's promise and provision. Don't let your present 
condition rob you of the joy of knowing Christ or keep you from growing 
closer to him. [Life Application SB] 

There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and 
who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their 
character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt 
whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit. To such I 
would say, Do not draw back in despair. We shall often have to bow 
down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings and 
mistakes, but we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the 
enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken and rejected of God. No; 
Christ is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for 
us. Said the beloved John, "These things write I unto you, that ye 
sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, 
Jesus Christ the righteous." 1 John 2:1. And do not forget the words 
of Christ, "The Father Himself loveth you." John 16:27. He desires 
to restore you to Himself, to see His own purity and holiness 
reflected in you. And if you will but yield yourself to Him, He that hath 
begun a good work in you will carry it forward to the day of Jesus 
Christ. Pray more fervently; believe more fully. As we come to distrust 
our own power, let us trust the power of our Redeemer, and we shall 
praise Him who is the health of our countenance. SC64-5 





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