Paul is writing from a Roman Prison to his beloved brothers & sisters in Philippi to encourage them that Jesus Christ is doing a good work in them, and He is not going to stop until the work that He started is finished (Philippians 1). Just as The Lord is still working on Paul’s life even while he’s in prison, so God will accomplish His perfect work in your life. The Holy Spirit will keep working on you until the day you see Jesus Christ, either when you die and go to heaven, or when He takes you up as His Bride to be with Him in the Rapture of the church (John 14). The Holy Spirit of God will continue His work in you. And that is based on God’s faithfulness, not yours. He hasn’t taken you this far to abandon you.
All Christians face spiritual battles, but the WAR has been won by our Great God & Savior, Jesus Christ. The battles are a reality whether you like it or not. And I can only fight & win the battles if I understand what is happening in the Spiritual realm. In the same way, the law of gravity is real whether you understand the science or not. Regardless of how much you know about gravity, you can feel the effect. It is the same in the spiritual realm, you can’t see it, but you can sure feel it. The Bible is very clear that there’s a war going on, and you are at the center of it whether you know it or not. However, God tells us how to win the battles (Eph.6). 1. Stay in prayer (1 Thess 5:17) 2. Walk in the spirit (Gal 5:16) 3. Meditate on God’s Word (Ps 1:1-6) 4. Quit empty entertainment (Jas.4:4) 5. Worship & praise God (Heb 13:15). 6. Don’t Plan to SIN (Heb.10:29) Rebuke demonic activities, like drugs, porn, & all types of sorcery that this world hides in plain site. (Gal. 5:19-21)
All Christians try to love as Christ loved, (Eph.5) but we all fall short. I can no more do justice to His amazing love than I can grasp a star. Still, by reaching toward the star I may call attention to it. So, as I stretch my heart toward the high, shining love of Jesus Christ, someone may be encouraged to look up and be touched by His Love. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear.” (1 John 4) To know that love of God and to experience leaning on the arm of the Beloved—this and only this can cast out fear. Let a person become convinced that nothing can harm them and all fear leaves. The natural reflex to pain may be felt, but the deep torment of fear is gone. Gods’ love has caused Him to desire our eternal good, and His sovereign power enables Him to secure it.A.W.Tozer