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“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV).

From: September 30, 2020

ARE YOU WORKING OUT WHAT GOD IS WORKING IN?

Physically, we are born with the muscles that God gave us. Yet, it is up to us to work them out. As we learn to crawl, then walk, and ultimately to run, we “work out” the physical strength that God has “worked in” us. If we don’t work out, our bodies atrophy from lack of use. Motion is the potion for physical health.
 
Spiritually, when we trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are born again, receiving new “spiritual muscles” as it were. Now we must learn to move in the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit, we walk by faith and produce the fruit of the Spirit. We must move in faith by the Spirit!
 
But what do we do when we lack “will power?” Look at the Scripture again, it says that God “works in you both to will and to do.” In other words, when we depend on Him, He gives us the power “to will” as well as “to do.” We can depend on God’s power not only to do, but even to give us the willpower (or “won’t-power”) to get started.
 
Are you working out what God is working in?
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, give us the willpower today to work out what You are working in us. We want to move according to Your power for Your pleasure. Strengthen our physical bodies today, but more than that, fill us afresh with Your Spirit to will and to do what pleases You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ” (Philippians 1:27a NLT).

From: September 30, 2019

LIVING WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL

Paul taught the Philippians that they should live as “citizens of heaven,” remembering the gospel in their conduct. When we live as worldly, our message has no consistency and the gospel comes across hypocritical. Our lives should be consistent with the Good News we profess. Our lifestyle should in fact cause people to ask about our faith, so that the gospel comes out easily. As the apostle Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). The gospel on our lips should match the gospel being worked out in our lifestyle. One cannot be excluded from the other. We are called to both live and share the Good News.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, fill us afresh with Your Holy Spirit this day so that we are conducting ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel. Give us divine appointments to speak of Your Son and to express the hope we have in Him. Give us spiritual boldness that is marked by gentleness and respect. We want to always be worthy of being Your witnesses. Strengthen us for this high calling. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch” (Isaiah 62:1 NLT).

From: September 30, 2018

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR CITY?
The prophet Isaiah declared his heart’s yearning to see Jerusalem shine for the Lord. His heart burned for this and so did his prayers.
 
I wonder. Do our hearts yearn for our city? So much so that we cannot keep still nor remain silent? Where are those who would pray as Isaiah did? Who will declare, “I will not stop praying for my city until righteousness and salvation shine in her”?

“Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.” (Proverbs 24:11 NKJV).

From: September 30, 2017

Wisdom of God through the pen of Solomon, whose name was from the Hebrew word, “Shalom” (“Peace”).
 
Two imperatives are given:
1) “Deliver” – Rescue those who are being carried toward death.
2) “Hold back” – Actively persuade those who are stumbling, as if intoxicated, towards their own demise.
 
Certainly, this instruction might be applied to the gospel ministry, wherein we are to both care for the physical needs of the poor and at the same time, proclaim the good news about Jesus to them. But the application that seems most relevant to our day is that of the young woman with an unplanned pregnancy. How can we “deliver” the unborn child from being carried to death through abortion? The child’s mother and father are being “drawn toward death” by what the culture calls an inconvenience. Yet Scripture calls us to help rescue the innocent victim of this modern insanity. However, the baby isn’t the only victim, for the mother is the one “stumbling to the slaughter.” She has come under a strong delusion that abortion isn’t murder, but only a medical procedure. The truth is, she will be wounded by this choice in body and soul for the rest of her life. She needs someone to lovingly “hold her back” from “stumbling” towards death as her best choice. Wisdom chooses life. Folly draws us toward death.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1 ESV)

From: September 30, 2016

The Scriptural basis for a favorite VBS song is found here: “Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory…

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1 NKJV)

From: September 30, 2015

Isaiah prophesied to Israel of a coming “anointed” one who would be the Messiah (“Messiah” is Hebrew for “Anointed One,” or “Christ” which is Greek for the same). Around 700 years later the first part of the prophecy was fulfilled. The Messiah, who was Jesus the Christ, had come. After Jesus was baptized and spent 40 days in the wilderness being tempted, he returned to His hometown of Nazareth where He attended the local synagogue as was His custom. As He stood up in the synagogue, He was handed the scroll of Isaiah to read. Turning to the verse above, He read it aloud and then declared, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Most of the people of His hometown rejected Him, yet many in Israel believed. And to those who believed, He brought “good tidings, healing and liberty.” Jesus has fulfilled the first verse of Isaiah 61, soon He will return to fulfill the rest.

“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ” (Philippians 1:27 NLT)

From: September 30, 2014

Paul taught the Philippians that they should live as “citizens of heaven,” remembering the gospel in their conduct. When we live as worldly, our message has no consistency and our gospel comes across hypocritical. Our lives should be consistent with the good news we believe. Our lifestyle should in fact cause people to ask about our faith, so that the gospel comes out easily. One cannot be excluded from the other. We are called to both live and share the Good News.

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13)

From: September 30, 2013

We are born with muscles that God created for us to have. Yet, it is up to us to work them out. Spiritually, when we receive salvation, God begins a new work in us, so that we are born again. In this new birth we yield to God’s work in us by working it out. We can depend on God’s power not only to help us work it out, but even to give us the willpower (or “won’t-power”) to act. Are you working out what God is working in?

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13)

From: September 30, 2012

Since God (has done/is doing/will do) a work in us, we must work out what He is working in. God gives us a physical muscle, but we must work it out. In the same way, when we believe, God does a work in us that gives us both the “desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” Now, it is up to us to work out of that which He has worked in us. We can exercise our faith and yield to the Spirit, so that God’s work in us becomes obvious to all. Start flexing your spiritual muscles!

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)

From: September 30, 2011

What attitude is this? It is the mindset of a servant that considers others before self. Will you stop your self-edifying and allow God to lift you up? How do we gain this mindset? Ask for the Spirit’s filling and appropriate His power for living. Then, look for feet that need washing.