A short devotional on Philippians 1:3-6. Want to talk? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
The Christian journey is a bit of a paradox. We want to improve who we are by growing and becoming more like Jesus. But the closer we get to Jesus, the more we become aware of the issues we still have.
It's like cleaning glass in dim light. It looks good right now. But as the light gets brighter in the room, you notice places you've missed. Some things will pass in the dark. But as we come closer to the light we notice more flaws.
The Bible calls this process sanctification. It's the process of God refining us and making us safer and safer people. People who don't hurt others as we improve over time.
But it can also be discouraging if we don't know what's going on. We come to God dirty. God cleanses us, and we move a little closer to God. Now more light is shining on us, so we see we are still dirty. God cleanses us and we move a little bit closer. but now once again we see deeper flaws and see we are still dirty.
The secret is, to thrive, we just can't focus on ourselves. There has to be a certain amount of trust to believe that God will take care of the cleansing process. We just have to let God do it, and focus on Him and what He wants for us.
Philippians 1:3-6 says:
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 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.
Jesus began a good work in you. He will finish it. It's not about what you do. It's about letting His light shine into you and as you look to Him He will take care of the cleaning along the way.
". . . 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."
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow