If you have your Bible, please turn to Philippians 1:6. We are
in a series of messages from Paul's epistles I call "Living Letters.
Today we are looking at Paul's letter to the church at Phillipi.
And the message today is entitled, "Confident Christians." Paul writes here to assure the believers that their salvation is secure; that they can be confident that they have a hope in heaven; that they have something the did not get you, and the world can't take it away.
We need to be confident in our faith. We need more shouting Baptists and less doubting Baptists. We may not be perfect, but God is not finished with us yet.
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:"
It didn't say He might perform it, it didn't say He will try to perform it, it didn't say He will perform it if you do your best, it said, He that hath begun a good work in you will perform it. Not only does He promise to save you by His grace, but also He has promised to sustain you by His grace.
Now turn to I Peter 5 and you will notice that it also is talking about this sustaining grace. And I want you to look at verse 12. What an encouraging verse this is. The apostle Peter is writing and he knows something about temptation. You remember how the devil tempted Peter and how he denied the Lord. And you remember how Jesus prayed for Peter, that Satan had desired to sift him. And now Peter has matured in the faith and he writes to believers and he says in verse 12, "By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand."
He is talking there about how the grace of God sustains you. That when the storms blow upon you, when the floods come upon you, when the terrible hurricanes of life threaten you, the grace of God ...
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