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

Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that 
God, who began the good work within you, will 
continue his work until it is finally finished on the 
day when Christ Jesus returns.  


   Good news! You and I don't have to 
struggle to find perfection. We are perfected in 
Christ, and He is working in us daily, helping us 
manifest more and more of His character. God loves us 
right where we are on the way to where He knows we 
will be. He sees the end from the beginning and 
knows all things. God sees and knows things about 
us that even we have not realized, and He is 
committed fully to finishing the work in us that He 
began at the moment we placed our faith in Him and 
received Him as our Savior. You can rest in knowing 
that there is nothing about you that is a 
surprise to God. He knows everything and loves you 
   What blessed rest we find in knowing that 
even on our worst day God is still working and 
that He will never give up on us. Our part is to 
believe, and God's part is to work in us and through 
us. Whether you are looking at yourself and 
considering changes you desire or looking at others whom 
you have been praying for, God has promised to 
finish what He started! 
   Enjoy yourself today right where you are, 
or as I often say, "Enjoy where you are on the 
way to where you are going." 
   Father, thank You for never giving up on 
me and for working in me daily to make me what 
You want me to be. Help me trust You and enjoy 
being at rest in You. [My Time with God by Joyce 


   When you believe in Christ, Christ works 
a miracle in you. You are permanently purified 
and empowered by God himself. The message of 
Jesus to the religious person is simple: Its 
not what you do. Its what I do. I have moved 
in. And in time you can say with Paul, I 
myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me 
(Gal. 2:20). 
   If Im born again, why do I fall so 
   Why did you fall so often after your 
first birth? Did you exit the womb wearing 
cross-trainers? Did you do the two-step on the day of your 
delivery? Of course not. And when you started to walk, 
you fell more than you stood. Should we expect 
anything different from our spiritual walk? 
   But I fall so often, I question my 
salvation. Again, we return to your first birth. 
Didnt you stumble as you were learning to walk? 
And when you stumbled, did you question the 
validity of your physical birth? Did you, as a 
one-year-old fresh flopped on the floor, shake your head 
and think, I have fallen again. I must not be 
   Of course not. The stumbles of a toddler 
do not invalidate the act of birth. And the 
stumbles of a Christian do not annul his spiritual 
   Do you understand what God has done? He 
has deposited a Christ seed in you. As it grows, 
you will change. Its not that sin has no more 
presence in your life, but rather that sin has no 
more power over your life. Temptation will pester 
you, but temptation will not master you. What 
hope this brings! 
   Hear this. Its not up to you! Within 
you abides a budding power. Trust him! 
   Think of it this way. Suppose you, for 
most of your life, have had a heart condition. 
Your frail pumper restricts your activities. Each 
morning at work when the healthy employees take the 
stairs, you wait for the elevator. 
   But then comes the transplant. A healthy 
heart is placed within you. After recovery, you 
return to work and encounter the flight of stairs - 
the same flight of stairs you earlier avoided. 
By habit, you start for the elevator. But then 
you remember. You arent the same person. You 
have a new heart. Within you dwells a new power. 
   Do you live like the old person or the 
new? Do you count yourself as having a new heart 
or old? You have a choice to make. 
   You might say, I cant climb stairs; 
Im too weak. Does your choice negate the 
presence of a new heart? Dismiss the work of the 
surgeon? No. Choosing the elevator would suggest only 
one fact - you havent learned to trust your 
new power. 
   It takes time. But at some point youve 
got to try those stairs. Youve got to test 
the new ticker. Youve got to experiment with 
the new you. For if you dont, you will run 
out of steam. 
   Religious rule keeping can sap your 
strength. Its endless. There is always another 
class to attend, Sabbath to obey, Ramadan to 
observe. No prison is as endless as the prison of 
perfection. Her inmates find work but never find peace. 
How could they? They never know when they are 
   Christ, however, gifts you with a 
finished work. He fulfilled the law for you. Bid 
farewell to the burden of religion. Gone is the fear 
that having done everything, you might not have 
done enough. You climb the stairs, not by your 
strength, but his. God pledges to help those who stop 
trying to help themselves. 
   He who began a good work in you will 
carry it on to completion until the day of Christ 
Jesus (Phil. 1:6.) God will change you from the 
inside out. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


Changing Our Nature
   My dog Molly and I arent getting 
along. The problem is not her personality. A 
sweeter mutt you will not find. She sees every 
person as a friend and every day as a holiday. I 
have no problem with Mollys attitude. I have a 
problem with her habits. 
   Eating scraps out of the trash. Licking 
dirty plates in the dishwasher. Dropping dead 
birds on our sidewalk and stealing bones from the 
neighbors dog. Shameful! Molly rolls in the grass, 
chews on her paw, does her business in the wrong 
places, and, Im embarrassed to admit, quenches 
her thirst in the toilet. 
   Now what kind of behavior is that?
Dog behavior, you reply.
   You are right. So right. Mollys 
problem is not a Molly problem. Molly has a dog 
problem. It is a dogs nature to do such things. 
And it is her nature that I wish to change. Not 
just her behavior, mind you. A canine obedience 
school can change what she does; I want to go 
deeper. I want to change who she is. 
   Here is my idea: a me-to-her transfusion. 
The deposit of a Max seed in Molly. I want to 
give her a kernel of human character. As it grew, 
would she not change? Her human nature would 
develop, and her dog nature would diminish. We would 
witness, not just a change of habits, but a change of 
essence. In time Molly would be less like Molly and 
more like me, sharing my disgust for trash 
snacking, potty slurping, and dish licking. She would 
have a new nature. Why, Denalyn might even let 
her eat at the table. 
   You think the plan is crazy? Then take it 
up with God. The idea is his. 
   What I would like to do with Molly, God 
does with us. He changes our nature from the 
inside out! I will put a new way of thinking 
inside you. I will take out the stubborn hearts of 
stone from your bodies, and I will give you 
obedient hearts of flesh. I will put my Spirit inside 
you and help you live by my rules and carefully 
obey my laws (Ezek. 36:26"27 NCV.). 
   God doesnt send us to obedience school 
to learn new habits; he sends us to the 
hospital to be given a new heart. Forget training; he 
gives transplants. 
   Do you understand what God has done? He 
has deposited a Christ seed in you. As it grows, 
you will change. Its not that sin has no more 
presence in your life, but rather that sin has no 
more power over your life. Temptation will pester 
you, but temptation will not master you. What 
hope this brings! 
   Its not up to you! Within you abides a 
budding power. Trust him! 
   He who began a good work in you will 
carry it on to completion until the day of Christ 
Jesus (Phil. 1:6 NIV.). God will do with you what 
I only dream of doing with Molly. Change you 
from the inside out. When he is finished, hell 
even let you sit at his table. From Next Door 
Savior [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

The Man in Black
   Im standing at the grave site of 
Johnny Cash. Theres nobody else around here at 
Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Its just me and the "Man 
in Black. Why? Because I've been a fan all 
my life. It turns out we are distant 
   But more to the point, we are spiritually 
related. Johnny Cash was a Christian. He was a 
Christian that struggled with fame, with drugs, and 
with his demons. 
   Cash was a walking, talking contradiction 
who identified with the apostle Peter"often 
ashamed and lacking the courage to stand up for 
Christ . . . in the first half of his life. 
   All of these traits and foibles were 
rolled up into a larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind 
personality that put its own unique, indelible stamp on 
popular music and pop culture. 
   He was a devout Christian who divided his 
time between sinning and seeking forgiveness, 
frequently going from jail to Jesus. He was arrested 
several times on account of his addiction to pills 
and sophomoric shenanigans. And he knew almost 
every hymn and gospel tune ever sung, often 
performing them on stage between such hit songs as I 
Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, and 
Cocaine Blues. 
   He acknowledged God as the number one 
power in the world but viewed Satan as a close 
   God Almighty is in the business of saving 
flawed saints. The Bible is full of examples: 
Abraham, Moses, Jonah, Peter, and Paul. Just like 
them, God will get us where He wants us to be. It 
may take a lifetime, but it will happen. Trust 
   Psalm 19:14 NKJV says: Let the words of 
my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be 
acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my 
   These words are inscribed on Johnny 
Cashs tombstone. Have you ever prayed a sincere 
prayer of faith like this one? Do you think God 
will honor such a prayer? 
   He who has begun a good work in you will 
complete it. (Philippians 1:6 NKJV) 
   How do you feel, knowing that God is not 
finished with you yet? 
   Then they came to the other side of the 
sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He 
had come out of the boat, immediately there met 
Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean 
spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no 
one could bind him, not even with chains, 
because he had often been bound with shackles and 
chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, 
and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could 
anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was 
in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out 
and cutting himself with stones. 
   When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and 
worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and 
said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of 
the Most High God? I implore You by God that You 
do not torment me. 
   For He said to him, "Come out of the man, 
unclean spirit! Then He asked him, "What is your 
   And he answered, saying, "My name is 
Legion; for we are many. Also he begged Him 
earnestly that He would not send them out of the 
   Now a large herd of swine was feeding 
there near the mountains. So all the demons begged 
Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may 
enter them. And at once Jesus gave them 
permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and 
entered the swine (there were about two thousand); 
and the herd ran violently down the steep place 
into the sea, and drowned in the sea. 
   So those who fed the swine fled, and they 
told it in the city and in the country. And they 
went out to see what it was that had happened. 
Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had 
been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting 
and clothed and in his right mind. And they were 
afraid. And those who saw it told them how it 
happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and 
about the swine. Then they began to plead with Him 
to depart from their region. 
   And when He got into the boat, he who had 
been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be 
with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but 
said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell 
them what great things the Lord has done for you, 
and how He has had compassion on you. And he 
departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that 
Jesus had done for him; and all marveled. (Mark 
5:1"20 NKJV) 
   Though the Devil and his demons are 
powerful, God is infinitely more powerful and has the 
power to dispel them and to heal completely. What 
influences struggle for control in your life? [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


   If there's one thing I know for sure, 
it's that I am a work in progress. We all are. 
Life becomes easier when we understand that we 
will never "arrive." There will always be areas 
of our lives that we need to work on until the 
day God takes us home to heaven.   
   My wife, whom I love more than anyone on 
this earth, and I have come to realize that we 
don't need to talk about any heavy problems after 
9:00 p.m. Were just too tired. We've also 
learned that when she says something I strongly 
disagree with, I should wait at least ten minutes 
before responding. My response will be much nicer, 
and sometimes I've even been known to change my 
mind from what I was thinking at first. The 
bottom line is that there are still aspects of my 
personality and temperament that need improvement. God 
knows it, my wife knows it, and I know it!  
   It might be helpful for all of us to make 
a list of those areas that still need work in 
our lives. Then we can pray regularly that God 
will help us grow in those areas.  
   Father, I still need an awful lot of 
work. Thank you for loving me through all the work 
that still needs to be done. In Jesus' name, 
Amen. [Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John 
& Johnny Baker] 




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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred