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 was encouraged in this verse in my youth as a new Christian. Learning: that when we trust the LORD as our personal Savior...it does indeed become PERSONAL. A work had begun in my new life in Christ.
II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Moment by moment, day by day, year by year...people, places and events...working in my life....GOD's desires.
Phillipians 2:13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
As I yield each moment, day and year to the LORD...I ALLOW this perfect work to be done.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
I've chosen...to yield...my life to the LORD JESUS. To let him have his way with me. For surely as he has created me..he knows me.
Isaiah 29:16Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteeemd as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
I find great comfort in knowing God has prepared a way for me.
Isaiah 55:8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are highter than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
It is good for me to read the Bible..and know GOD. To read the words, HE has chosen...not man...
II Timothy 3:16aAll scripture is given by inspiration of God....Revelation 21:5...Write: for these words are true and faithful.Proverbs 30:5Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
As I seek him, I find him and understanding of HIS ways.
Proverbs 3:5-6Trust in the LORD with all thine hert; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
I am strengthened in my walk with him as I yield and know his way with me is perfect. In trials..
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.James 1:3-4...
Wanting nothing?....do I want to escape this trial? or let GOD work in me what he choses? Perhaps, he is doing more than I can imagine...it is in faith..faith that pleases GOD..to wait on him..and let him.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory:While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. II Corinthians 4:17
I must remember this. Time passes quickly...yea,in a moment the years pass!
(let me note here...that it has been 26 years since this trial and GOD has always been at my side..he has never left me comfortless...and HIS WORD is my treasure!
Psalm 119:49-50 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.