A Holy Day before the Lord

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?


A Holy Day before the Lord

Philippians 1:6 contains a powerful truth: He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

God will complete what He has started. He is the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega. When God isn’t the beginning, we cannot expect Him to be the end. In Hebrews 12:2 we find the same message:

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

My margin says ‘the originator and perfecter of our faith’. It’s exactly the same truth again. If He hasn’t originated it, He won’t perfect it. He’s only committed to perfect that which He has originated.

And then the same thought again in Philippians 1:6:

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

My conviction is that if you are really sure God began it, you can be confident He’ll complete it. But if you don’t know for sure that He began it, you'll never have the confidence that He’ll complete it.

This has become extremely real for Ruth and me in our ministry. Almost every time we pray about our ministry, I end up by saying, “God, we are confident that what You have begun You will complete.” We are more and more cautious not to get involved in anything which God hasn’t initiated. And that has meant many changes in our attitudes and our reactions.
 
Having this confidence helps us to relax. Once, Ruth and I took a holiday. The Americans say vacation, which means ‘when you don’t have anything to do’, from the same word as vacant. We felt it was the wrong word for our times away so we call them holidays, a holy day. We are very particular about our holidays. God has shown us that it’s a sin to never take a holiday. It’s not virtue, it’s not spirituality, it is slavery. You check Israel’s calendar as God ordained it and you see how many holidays they had to take. They’re not holidays because somebody wants to be lazy, they’re holidays because God has said: “you take a holiday.” It should be a ‘holy day’, set apart for God, in order to rest before Him. That is an expression of the confidence found in Philippians 1:6, of being confident that He who has begun a good work will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.


PRAYER

Dear Lord, thank You that You even tell us to take a holiday! You want us to rest in You, to rejoice before You and to take the time to just be in Your presence. Thank You, Lord, that every aspect of my life is covered by You if I submit to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.