Guys I will be posting some of the the devotions I have had that God has blessed me with I hope it will be a blessing and encouragement to you as it has been to me. I invite all of you to share with me and BB in general what God is doing in your life so that I can learn from you and be encouraged. God bless you richly. Philipians 1:6 “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.” When I think of the good work God does in relation to us I think of it on four different levels. 1. God works with us It is a great comfort to know that God works with us. We are not alone in our endeavours as we seek to carry out His will on earth. Jesus Himself promised us that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Yes there are times that we feel alone and isolated but the truth is we never are alone. It is also true that whatever we accomplish we don’t accomplish on our own, it is He who works with us. 2. God works on behalf of us In the last few months I have seen God perform amazing things on my behalf. I have to say with the Psalmist that it is the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our eyes. It is an awesome thing to have your back against the wall and then to see God step in and perform the impossible on your behalf. I’m sure many of us can testify to God’s goodness in our lives. 3. God works through us What a privilege to see God ministering through your life into the lives of others. It is really humbling because you begin to realise you are nothing more than a vessel, a tool in the masters hands. You also begin to really appreciate the magnitude of God’s sovereignty as uses your experience both good and bad to accomplish His purpose in the lives of others. 4. God works in us But this speaks about something that has been a great struggle for me to come to terms with and a source of great comfort and hope; God working in me! Oh how I need Him to work in me. Oh how I need Him to daily change me, to rebuild me from the inside out. Perhaps the greatest work I need God to perform is inside of me, because my greatest value lies in my ability to be different. If I want to make a difference I need to be different. My attitudes, my lifestyle, my value system, my goals and ambitions, my philosophies and even my reactions all need to be different to that of the world if I am going to make any kind of impact for Him in the world. This verse has challenged me to realise the following: a. A desire to be used by God must be coupled with a willingness to be changed by God. b. The degree of my usefulness to God is proportionate to the degree to which I have been changed by God. c. God will gladly set aside what He can do with me, for me and through me so that He can first do something in me. Prayer Lord I humbly embrace the changes that you are making in even though they are sometimes painful and affect me at my core. I want to be more like Jesus because I know it is only as I become more like Him that I can be a testimony to the world. Even though I’d like to think that I am OK, when I look into the mirror of your word all my sinful imperfections become painfully obvious. I yield to you sovereign work in me. Change my heart oh Lord I pray.