21 Day Prayer & Fast 2018: Day 4

Philippians 1:6:

“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.”

Paul wrote this in his letter to the Philippian church in hopes of encouraging them. I write this to you now in hopes of encouraging you.

Paul is confident of his statement here and what the message is behind it, just as I am confident of it and the underlying points it contains.

We can notice three things in this verse:

  1. That He (God) began a good work in you (past)

  2. That He is currently carrying on that good work (present)

  3. That He absolutely will complete that good work in you (future)

He is doing this work in you for two reasons that Paul mentions in verses 9 through 11 of the same chapter: One, to make you more effective for earthly ministry:

“9 that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”

Secondly, He is doing it to showcase His daily, life-changing power in us:

“11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”

Perhaps you’ve stumbled today as you work on your 21 day fast. It isn’t easy, and it shouldn’t be. Just know that God has started something in you, and I believe He is using this 21 day fast as a way of bringing that good work to completion. Just as He will continue working in you, I urge you to get up and continue seeking Him. Remember, He is faithful to the end.

-Ethan