This morning I started the book of Philippians. It is one powerful little book. I found myself needing to reread the first chapter three times to glean what I felt God was wanting me to get from it. The message is simple but not simple to live. It says to be joyful in all things and to persevere in living out God’s work in our lives. It goes into telling you and me to never give up and that “He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.” I must say that when I first read this portion many, many years ago I had a selfish work I wanted God to do. I wanted Him to remove–obliterate–my past from my memory. I felt I couldn’t live freely for God with it being what it was. Instead, God has been faithful and kind for me to eventually understand it was the past He was wanting to have me surrender to Him so He could use it as He chose instead of me hiding it as I chose.
God is never One to change His mind about what His Will is. He is so loving in helping us come to Him and finally give ourselves over to Him in complete surrender. I never want to live another way except this. Lastly, the chapter talks about standing firm with God in resisting the temptations of life. Only God is able to have Satan flee. Learning to use God’s methods rather than my own strength is a key element in this. I will persevere in this too. To God be all Glory!