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Completing A Good Work

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NASU).
 
The Christian life is a journey. It is filled with joys, sorrows, struggles and victories, but through it all, we know that at the end of the day, the Lord knows just exactly what He was trying to accomplish. Paul hadn’t planned to go to Philippi in the first place, but God changed his plans, and the church at Philippi was established (Acts 16). The church at Philippi had become a great source of support and encouragement for the Apostle Paul. The grace that motivated Paul in his ministry was now the grace that was motivating this church in carrying out the will of the Lord. 

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Independence Day

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
 
July Fourth is day of the independence of the United States from British rule. Some citizens forget that with independence, there isn’t just blessings, but also responsibility. Jesus freed those who have chosen to accept Him as Lord. Faith and obedience are required. The Spirit, speaking through James in chapter 2:1-26, clearly tells us that faith requires outward demonstration to be real.

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Is your faith genuine or counterfeit?

Once after delivering God’s message, Jesus challenged his audience, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
 
This double appeal to Jesus as Lord was enthusiastic but superficial because they were only hearers, not doers, of his words. The real test of genuine discipleship is doing what Jesus says. It is not enough to recognize Jesus, call him Lord, claim to be a disciple, or appreciate his good sermons, but one must do what he says.

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