Tuesday, June 26, 2007

WOMEN TO WOMEN #3



Well it's time to do the monthly Woman to Woman topic hosted by Morning Glory, here.
And co-hosted by My Many Colored Days, here.

Go to either of these web sites to find out more about it and to sign up with Mr. Linky.

The topic this month is Share an important quote and what it means to you. I knew I had to get in on this one when I heard the topic because I love words.

"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."

Phillippians 1:6

I cannot remember when the above verse (or Biblical quote) became my life verse. I think it was in 1966 when I first began my first bible memory course. You can go here to read about it. So for the past 40 years I have studied about, meditated on and given much thought to what this verse means to me.

#1 - I AM CONFIDENT - first I am totally confident in God being THE supreme being. Yes, there are many "gods" in this world but I am confident in THE One True God. I am confident that Jesus the Christ is the Son of God. I am confident that I have put my faith and trust in Jesus, and Jesus alone as not only my Savior (a lot of people have him there kind of like a "fire escape") but my LORD. I am confident that the Bible is the Living Word of God. Not just a dead book written years ago, as some believe, but a book that is alive and speaks to us individually, as well as collectively. A book that even though I've read through it time and time again, and studied it deeply, will suddenly speak to me about a verse with a new depth or insight that I'd never seen before. I am confident that this verse, as all the verses, is speaking to me and giving me this promise.

#2 - HE HAS BEGUN THE WORK - He began this work in me on September 24, 1956 when I first believed that the atoning work of Jesus the Christ was a finished work. He put a new heart in me that very moment at that little altar in a church. He raised me up from that altar a new creation. Oh yes, I was just as much an infant in the Spirit on that day as I was an infant in the flesh on December 25, 1937. I was just as much a baby in Christ, then an adolescent in Christ, then a young adult in Christ. It was and is a progression. Sanctification.


#3 - HE WILL COMPLETE IT - He will never leave me or forsake me. His Word tells me this. Though I stumble and fall (and oh I do) He will pick me up time and time again, as long as I confess my sin to Him and ask forgiveness. He is the sure rock, the firm foundation and when I die, or when I meet Him in the sky, I will live with Him forever. He will complete what He has begun. He will perform it.

This is what this quote means to me.

When I fully grasped that it was His finished work and His continuing work and He was faithful and would perform all that He has said He would and He would perform it ALL what a freedom and joy it brought to my life. Joy unspeakable and full of glory!!!

PRAISE GOD, FATHER, SON & HOLY GHOST

ONE GOD

AT HIS NAME EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW

AND EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESS

THAT JESUS IS LORD

33 comments:

Our Peculiar Life said...

Hallelujah!! I love how you took apart that verse. And that is one of my favorites too.

groovyoldlady said...

Your exegesis is impeccable!

(Isn't that fun to say?)

All those days when I feel like a failure and a hopeless dolt, God has to remind me AGAIN that He IS in control and that He will conform me to the image of Christ.

Halleluiah!

ellen b said...

Beautiful testimony of God's hand on your life. What a great God we have. blessings!

randi said...

My favorite part of that verse is that HE IS FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE WHAT HE STARTED! It always helps me when I feel like I have failed.

Great post!

jennifer said...

Incredibly awesome!

Great quote(scripture) and more so because of the reasoning!

I am overjoyed when I visit!
Lots of sunny NM (((hugs)))
Jennifer

Susan said...

Oh Susan...I love the way you broke this down for us and for you. What a blessing!

:-) Susan

Lori B said...

This was a great post.
Great verse. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and what the verse meant to you.

Momma Roar said...

I love this post and how you've taken the verse apart and given what it means to you. I want to have you over to sit across my kitchen table and just have you share your knowledge with me!
Love,
Leigh Ann

Quill of Bill said...

Susan,

I truly enjoy reading your posts'. Please continue. Your writings are biblically sound. You are truly doing the Lords work through your blog

Bill

Nadine said...

It's a great verse. Thank you for sharing so beautifully your thoughts.

Tina said...

that is wonderful Susan, thank you so much.

diana said...

great quote. great post. it definitely gives us hope, doesn't it? thanks for sharing.

Randi & Family said...

Enjoyed your perspective & teachings in this verse. What a good one! have a great day!

Lei said...

Thank you for your thoughts on that verse Susan! Beautifully thought out!

Tammy said...

Love this...especially the part where God will never leave us nor forsake us, but will conform us to the image of Christ.
I so appreciated reading this today!

Lyndy said...

Oh Susan I love how you defined that verse and it truly spoke to me. What a beautiful testimony of God's hand on your life.

Thank you my sweet friend for sharing this.

Blessings, Lyndy

Barbara said...

AMEN, AMEN,AMEN to every word Susan. Thanks for sharing.

MightyMom said...

How wonderful!!
This is my first time by your blog. Got here from BWH. Will be back often..so keep writing!!

Montserrat said...

I enjoyed reading how you've personalized the scripture to you. Isn't it amazing how doing that helps us to know what it is God wants us to do and know?

Tigersue said...

In my church one of the things we are taught to try to do is "liken the scriptures unto yourself." I think you did that beautifully here! I stand up for you and what you believe.

Myrna said...

Wow! Can we get an AMEN!
susan, you share your beliefs so clearly. Thank you!

~Ginger said...

You are a wise woman not by chance. You have given your life to the Lord and have studied His word showing yourself approved.
Well done Susan.

Dee Light said...

Fantastic!!! There really is no quote better than one that comes from God's word.

Gran - (Angela) said...

Thank you for sharing with us today. I love the way that you personalized the scripture and made it come to life for each of us. It was a blessing reading your post today.
Have a great evening!
Angela
http://thelifeandtimesofgran.blogspot.com/2007/06/woman-to-woman-quote-day.html

annie said...

I love to take a verse and take it apart like that too, it helps the word dwell within me. I love your explanation of that verse.

Pam said...

What a blessing this was to read! I love your testimony Susan. You are so REAL!!!

Dawn said...

This has always been one of my very favorite verses as well. Well done! I am so thankful He isn't through with me yet!

Thanks for coming over to visit today.

Kitty said...

I also love how you broke it down and discussed each part. It made me so happy while I was reading this, esp. #3. This was wonderful, thank you!!!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Lovely post! Great to be reminded of these things! thanks

Pam in Colorado said...

Amen! What a wonderful verse and application in your life!

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Amen! Love your post. What a wonderful testimony of God in your life.

Hugs,

Angel ( Angel Mama )

weavermom said...

You picked an awesome life verse. It's nice to keep our eyes on the prize isn't it? :)

Morning Glory said...

That's such an important truth. It has become very important in my husband's life and has much to say to all of us. Thanks so much for sharing your perspective on it.