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Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will not complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Upsets have a way of deflating us like a popped balloon. Paul learned through being imprisoned, stoned and left for dead, shipwrecked and in despair of his life, that each of these instances were tools that taught him where his real strength was. Each event taught Paul: “…He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23b)

God’s commitment to us isn’t intended to make us comfortable, but to conform us to the image of His Son. And that process necessitates difficulties. It is like a sculptor who sees the finished product in a slab of stone. Initially large pieces are removed, then intricate details are chiseled out until, at last, the desired image is revealed. Then fine sanding and finishing smooths off any rough spots.

Everything that is happening at this very moment is absolute proof God loves you and is continuing to work through you. Never think God is done with you. He will complete the masterpiece when you meet Him face to face.

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