At my core, I’m a fighter. If I had to describe myself down with one word, it’d be ‘fighter’. If there’s one thing that I’ve had to learn in my short time here on Earth, it’s how to fight. Now, this is interesting to me, because I’ve never been in a fist fight (or physical fight in any sense, actually) a day in my life. I almost got in a fight in the second grade (why? NO idea lol), but a teacher stopped us before either one of us could swing. I got in trouble after that attempt to fight, and decided I would never do it again (hahaha). I do, however, like to fight with my words. I love debating (especially when the person knows what they’re talking about). Why? I believe in the power of words. I know how they can be used to build people up, and tear people down. I’ve used them to build myself up, and at times, I’ve torn myself down. Now, I try to avoid randomly pouncing on people that don’t know who they’re dealing with, so I’ll give ‘warnings’ to inform that I will only go there if they lead the way (lol). My two faves: 1) “you’re messing with a heavyweight”; 2) “don’t start none, won’t be none”. For those of you that may not be familiar with the second phrase (and are wondering why I used such incorrect grammar in a title lol), that phrase essentially means that if you don’t start a problem or altercation, we won’t have a problem/altercation. In order to be effective with statements like that, you have to either deal with super scary people, or be confident in your ability to win. That’s what we’re going to chat about this week, because while a lot of us have that attitude/confidence towards our natural battles, we need it for our spiritual battles as well (I’m even in the Word, saints!! lol).
Phillipians 1:6 (*surprise! Not Matthew! lol) says “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (NKJV). To provide a more down to Earth translation, the English Standard Version says “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Now, if we’re going to dig in to this, and get a better understanding of what this means, we’ve got to dig in, right? Well then, let’s go!
I experienced this for myself not too long ago. Last Sunday, I was on my way to church, and suddenly, the freeway is reduced to one lane. I see a cop car, and figure it’s an accident (which is weird because I’ve never seen an accident on this freeway at 7 a.m. on a Sunday). Before I can see the cars involved, I heard God say “That wreck was meant for you. The Enemy was going to try to take you out (not take my joy, or hurt my feelings…take me out) with that accident. I drive past this accident, and see a car similar to mine (color, type, etc.) totally destroyed. The windshield has caved in. The front of the car is unrecognizable. They are trying to pull a (clearly traumatized) woman out of the car. God later showed me that He wasn’t just protecting me; He protected my purpose. He protected my ‘good work’. I shouldn’t be here. I shouldn’t be typing this post. But since I’m here, I have to tell you to be confident that the same God that has started a good work in you will not only complete it, but He’ll protect it, until the return of His Son. Have confidence in the fact that God has you in His hands, and that since He allowed or started it, He’ll finish it for you. For if He never started the process, you'd never have the promise.
Background Music: Holding On - Vashawn Mitchell; You’re Mighty - JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise
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