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The Resurrection was required for eternal life
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
Please read Phil. 2:12-16 and take note of Verse 12 and 13 Phil. 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Phil. 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”
Notice in these two verses “Work out” and “God which worketh in.” It is a Bible truth that God is working in the lives of His people and the work involves our “will and to do of His good pleasure.”
It is like an investment that will surely bring a return…in other words, God works in us in order to work some things out of us for His Glory!
Have you wondered what God does in us and what He wants out of us? Please understand that the verse above does not tell us to work for our salvation. The verse is speaking of working out what God has put in. If we can know what He works in us, we can know what He wants out of us. Verse 13 gives a broad answer to the question “to will and to do of His good pleasure.” God want us “to will”, that is to have a heart to be willing, but He doesn’t stop there. He wants us “to do.” That is the key to a successful Christian life…to will and to do of His good pleasure. God puts things in our heart that will bring Him good pleasure. Please read Romans 7:15-25 and notice it takes effort on our part to be overcomers and notice in verse 18 “to will is present with me.” That is true of us often… “to will is present with us” but “to do” isn’t. Notice verse 21, “Working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight.” We have to go against what God is working in us, to not allow it to work out of us.
Prov. 16:1 “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.” Preparations means, arrangement, i.e. mental disposition. If we get Scripturally technical, it simply means God will tell us what to think, so we can do what brings Him pleasure. Prov. 16:1 “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Established means to be erect, stand, set up, fixed or prepared. All this means that our thoughts have a divine origination!
Sometimes, when Satan is able to pull it off, there is a devilish origination like when he put it into the hearts of Annias and Sapphira to “lie to the Holy Ghost” in Acts 5
Here I give 4 things that God will work in us, that Satan doesn’t want to work out of us.
1. God puts a desire in us to walk with Him.
2. God puts a desire in us to worship Him.
3. God puts a desire in us to work for Him.
4. God puts a desire in us to win others for Him.
Are you working out what God is working in you? The thoughts to live right; the thoughts to walk with Him; to give; to love; to help; to pray; to read; to study; to obey; to sing; to share; to separate; ? These all have a divine origination and divine satisfaction. They bring God Great Pleasure!
God bless you my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Let us work it out while there is time. Jesus said in John 9:4 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”