WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2016
Key Bible Verse: 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. (Philippians 1:6)
Dig Deeper: Philippians 1:1-11
Here’s guessing, no matter where [God] found you, you’ve felt some serious weakness along the way. Maybe, in fact, you’ve never felt quite as weak as you feel right this minute. Then be thankful your redemption isn’t a one-off — a one-time moment in your teens or childhood that you’re afraid might not have been front-loaded with enough grace to accommodate what you’ve done with it in the meantime.
That’s exactly what the Bible does not say. God still has a plan for you, weak though you may be, weak though we all are. His love and acceptance of you, his pride at giving you his name, and his joyful interest in what he’s continuing to fashion in you as he leads you along in life – these promises and many more are yours by his own heavenly choice. And nothing but the old, shopworn lies of the enemy is keeping you from falling back full-weight into your loving Saviour’s embrace, experiencing in flesh and blood and victory what he’s fought and died and lives again to give you.
Not all the dark spaces went away when you succumbed to the call of his grace and received him by faith. But the good news [is] his eternal gospel is still working against your (and our) weakness.
– Matt Chandler and Michael Snetzer in Recovering Redemption
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