Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6). Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Phil. 2:12-13). Ask and it will be given to you seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to those who ask him, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him? (Matt. 7:7-12). A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. (Matt. 7:19). Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come. (2 Cor. 5:17).
1. In Phillipians 1:6, who began the good work in us and who will carry it on?
2. What good work has God begun in your life?
3. In Phil. 2:12-13, what are we to do and what does God do?
4. That good work God has begun in you – are you working with Him in it – or, perhaps waiting for Him to do it all – or maybe trying to force the good fruit in your own strength?
5. Are you in a place where you can honestly ask God to make you a good tree that bears good fruit? Why/why not?