Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
I believe that it is absolutely necessary for us to be completely and totally yielded to Christ in order to be confident that Jesus Christ will perform that which He has promised.
Sometimes it seems as though God has forsaken you; then suddenly you realize that God has started something in you and will continue it until the end. As a matter of fact, there will not be anything lacking on His part to support you. You can be fully and firmly persuaded or convinced that God will always do His part.
Most Christians want God to do in their lives what will make them look good in their own and others’ eyes. But we must remember that we are not our own, because we are bought with the precious blood of Christ. We say, “I’ll serve you, God, but what will I get out of it?”
Sometimes pastors get some pretty strange answers to questions such as, “Why are you going to marry this man?” “Well, he has a nice car, house and a good position.” No, you marry him because it is the will of God and that you cannot live without him. I can assure you that the marriage will not last if these are not your reasons. We must serve Christ for the same reason – that we just can’t live without complete intimacy with Him.
There are three things we must settle before we can begin to understand what it is to be totally confident in Christ:
- Understand your position in Christ. You are a Priest, Saint, and King.
- Understand the promises of God. They are for you and me.
- Understand that prayer is the key. Billy Sunday said, “Get right with God, do it now.” How can I get right with God?
- Be confident that God is God.
- Be confident that what God has begun He will finish.
There has to be something to consume us. Paul was consumed with the Gospel of the Grace of God. What has hold of you as you are reading this?
Philippians is a very practical book. It gets right down to where we live, because in verse one, saints in Christ means to be saved and to be in Christ.
Paul had great feelings for the Philippians, as they had for him, which is the way it ought to be in all churches of Jesus Christ. The Pastor and the people must be thankful for one another. Paul is literally saying, “All my remembrance of you causes me to thank God for you.”
If he had said nothing else about the church, this would have been sufficient to reveal how special it was to him. He did not say this to the Galatians or Corinthians.
The little word joy appears some nineteen times in Philippians. Nevertheless, I do not believe it ought to be called The Joy Epistle because Jesus Christ is mentioned over forty times. So, the focal point of Philippians is Christ, and He must be ours also. Most churches try to produce joy and enthusiasm in the church by programs, pleasure, and parties. They appeal to the external by saying, “come visit our church, you will enjoy it.”
Joy should not depend upon outward circumstances, but upon the inward condition of the individual heart. It depends on our proper attitude toward life. If we complain and whine about our lot in life, we will not have joy. Only when we are in the center of the will of God, regardless of circumstances, will there be joy in our lives.