Work Out Your Salvation

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - Philippians 2:12-13 - Work Out Your Salvation- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – Philippians 2:12-13 – Work Out Your Salvation- Growing As Disciples

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–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. Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

Work Out

I know that you are working in me. You are changing my heart. You are transforming my mind. You are molding and shaping my life. You are leading me to where you want me to go. You are giving me what you want me to do. I welcome your work in me. My life is open to whatever you want to do in, for and through me. I don’t want anything to hinder your good work in me. I will follow and obey you. That is very good.

What have I used to do my good work in you? How have you worked out your salvation as I have worked in you? What could hinder the good work that I want to continue to do in you? I will start with your last question. Maybe, answering that question will also answer your first two questions. It will. Disobedience would certainly hinder your good work in me. Yes, it would. I would like you to say more on this subject. You have shown me how you want to work in me. How so? You have asked me to come to meet with you in your word. If I fail to meet with you in your word, I would hinder some of the work you want to do in me. In the same way if I failed to meet with you in prayer and worship your work in me would also be hindered. That’s right. If you wanted me to go somewhere, but I did not follow you, that would hinder your work in me. If you gave me something to do, but I failed to do it, that would also hinder your work in me. Yes, it would.

Your obedience to me is the way that you will work out your salvation as I continue to do my good work in you. What does your obedience to me require of you? My obedience to you will require me to listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I need to create a time and set aside a place when and where I will come to listen to you. I should not think that I will be able to hear from you above the noise and busyness of life. If you needed to withdraw to a quiet and lonely place to hear from your Father, how much more do I need to do the very same thing. That’s right. Once I have heard from you, I need to go where you guide me and do all that you ask of me. Then you will be able to continue to do all your good work in me. That’s right. Will you listen attentively to me? Will you do whatever I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, you rescued me from a life without you. You forgave my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. You became my Savior and Lord. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will follow and serve you as you continue your work in me. Amen 

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We Have Come To Know Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Knowing God - 1 John 2:3-6 - We Have Come To Know Him- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – 1 John 2:3-6 – We Have Come To Know Him – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Know Me? Love Me?  

Do you know me? Do you love me? These sound like two very difficult and unanswerable questions. How could you possibly think that you know me? How would it ever be possible for you to say that you love me? You’re right I can’t answer those questions. I can help you answer them. I can make it possible for you to say that you know me. I can show you with convincing proof that you do love me. You have my full attention. I’m listening to your every word. You know me because I have been revealing myself to you. You have made it your continual habit to meet with me in my word. I have been speaking to you. I have been molding and shaping you with my word. I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind with my word. Tell me what my word says about you finding me? Your word says that when I seek you with all my heart I will find you. Yes, it does. Have you been seeking me with all your heart? Yes, I have been seeking you with all my heart. Have you been finding me in my word? Have I been revealing myself to you? Have I been allowing you to think my thoughts? Have I helped you to know my will and walk in my ways? Yes, you have revealed yourself to me. Yes, you have been allowing me to think your thoughts, know your will and walk in your ways. Are you coming to know me? Yes, I am coming to know you better every day. Will you ever know me in full while you are in this life? No, I will only know you in full when I see you face to face. That’s right. But, you do know me. How do I know that? You know and are obeying my commands. You are listening to me. You are following me to where I am leading you. You are doing what I ask of you. It is your desire to do my will. Yes, it is. Only those who obey my commands and desire to do my will really know me.

Let’s talk about your desire to obey me. Why is it your desire to do my will? As I have come to know you I have also come to love you. I love you because you first loved me. You gave yourself to me. Now, I want to give myself fully to you. There is nothing that you haven’t done for me. You poured yourself out completely. You gave yourself fully. You did not leave anything in reserve. You gave your life so that I could have a new life in you. Yes, I did. Now, I want nothing else other than to live my life with and for you. It is my joy to follow and obey you. I want to give my life to you as fully as you gave your life for me. Why is that? I love you. Yes, you do. I want to live my life just like you lived yours. I want to love like you loved. I want to serve like you served. I want to give like you gave. Only those who love me want what you want. Your desire to follow and obey me is motivated by your love for me. Yes, it is.

Lord, it is my desire to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live and walk just as you did while you lived in this world. Help me to follow, obey and serve you. I will go where you guide me to do all that you ask of me. Amen

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