10 April 2013

Afternoon Thoughts-Work it out!:

        Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, just as you have always   obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,   work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
One of   the paradoxes of our walk is that God’s gifts often require work on our   part. After He delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, the Lord led   them to the Promised land and told them He was going to "give" it to   them. It wasn't long before they realized, however, that they were going   to have to fight battles and overcome fortified cities in order to   inhabit the land. God did promise that they would not have to fight the   battles on their own, but even with this divine advantage the Israelites   themselves would be required to destroy their enemies – they would   still need to fight.
        They might have preferred that God just give   them the land, without having to do anything; to just walk into already   built cities and houses without any conflict or opposition. But this was   not God’s plan. He desired and expected their full cooperation,   expecting them to take serious responsibility for the destiny He had   prepared for them, and to grow in faith, thereby.
        Our situation is   similar. Though the gift of our salvation is free, the Lord requires us   to work it out...with fear and trembling! [Phil. 2:12] We are not   automatically or supernaturally filled with knowledge of the Bible, or   faith to move mountains, or the power to pray without ceasing. Instead,   we discover that we have to fight the fight of faith, taking serious   responsibility for the destiny He has prepared for us.        
          Are you   discouraged because the walk of a believer is more difficult than you   imagined and the challenges greater than you expected? Don’t be! God is   calling you to the simple responsibility of working out your faith and   participating in your own destiny. You can be grateful that He doesn't   treat you like a helpless infant who has no part in shaping his/her   life, but as a growing adult who can rejoice in his/her participation   with a loving and powerful Creator.

(George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah)

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