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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday's Word

Wednesday's Five Things has been moved, and will become Friday's Five Things, in order to make room for Wednesday's Word.

On to Completion....

Philippians 1:3-8

Key Verse:
...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. Philippians 1:6

Have you ever had to push a car up a driveway? Most driveways are on a slight incline, which makes pushing the car from street to garage...umm...”interesting.” You push and push, straining every muscle fiber to move it a few inches, then someone needs a rest, or a chance to reposition their hands on the fender or the trunk lid. And as soon as there’s a pause in the momentum, what’s the natural development? The car begins attempting to roll back down! How much easier would it be if you could just drive it up the slope?

In the same way, we sometimes find ourselves involved in the process of taking something to the “next level.” It may be spiritual maturation, physical healing, ministry growth. Whatever it is, we’re certain it’s of God—it’s His idea! But somewhere along the way, we forget whose plan we’re working on and start feeling like we have to “push” God’s agenda for Him. That’s when we start feeling stress, frustration, and burnout. We snap at people, lose sleep over the project, and generally make ourselves miserable—not to mention irritating everyone around us!

What we too easily forget is that we don’t have to push what God has already set in motion. Like a car with the engine running, God’s plans have an internal power—His power! All He asks is that we do our little part and leave the progress to Him.

Trust in the LORD and do good;

 dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the LORD

 and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD;

 trust in Him and He will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

 the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:3-6

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