Work Out Your Salvation

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 277 - Philippians 2:12-13 - Work Out Your Salvation - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 277 – 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 will start at the beginning. What beginning? The beginning of my salvation. The start of my faith in you. Why is that important? I don’t want there to be any confusion. I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding. I want to keep the truth in the forefront of my mind. I want to hold the truth firmly in my heart. What is the truth? You secured my salvation for me. Your death on the cross paid for my sins. You have forgiven me of my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. I cannot possibly earn or merit your salvation. Your salvation has come to me as a gift. You rescued me from a life without you. You helped me to turn away from my sin so I could begin to love and follow and serve you. You have restored my soul. You are now leading me on the path of righteousness. You have adopted me in your family. I am your child. You have filled me with your spirit. I am now living out, or working out, the new life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, you are.  I must never think that I have done, am doing, or could do anything to earn or merit your salvation. That is true.

But now it is time for me to keep on living out or working out my life of salvation. You have places for me to go. You have things for me to do. Yes, I do. So, what will living out or working out your salvation look like? How will you live out or work out your life of salvation? I will live in an intimate relationship with you. I will draw near to you. You will draw near to me. Yes, I will. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in service. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will live to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. You will help me to know and do your will. Yes, I will. You will mold and shape my life as I continue to live out and work out the life of salvation you have given me to live with and for you. That will be very good. Yes, it will.

Lord, it is the desire of my heart to both know and do what is pleasing to you. Do your work in me. Help me to exercise my faith. Give me the strength to know and do your will. I will work out my life of salvation as I continue to love and follow and serve you. Amen

Key Question… What work has been involved in your growing in the salvation that Christ secured for you on the cross?

Living It Out… Grow in your salvation and allow your faith to be exercised so you can know and do what is pleasing to God.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you the will to know and do what is pleasing to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your will to know and do God’s work is growing in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May it be your will and your work to do what is pleasing to God.

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The Results Of Your Salvation

The Virtuous Life - Day 201 - Philippians 2:12-13 - The Results Of Your Salvation - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 201 – Philippians 2:12-13 – The Results Of Your Salvation – Growing As Disciples

Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.  For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT)

Pleasing To You

That should be the result of my salvation. What should be the result of your salvation? Living a life that is pleasing to you should be the result of the salvation I have in you. If being saved by you hasn’t completely changed my thoughts and words and actions, I would think something is amiss, that something is lacking, or that something has gone wrong or been short circuited. That is a very good, right, and true thought. How have your thoughts and words and actions changed since you began your new life of salvation with me? The answer to that question could go at least a couple different ways. First, I would like to say that you have been and are continuing to change everything about me. You are molding and shaping my life. You are making me into the person into the person you designed me to be. You are helping me to live the life you have called me to live. All my thoughts and words and actions are different because I am coming to know and love and follow and serve you. In your presence I am becoming a new and completely different person. I will say something odd; you are making it easy for me to obey you. I know that sounds crazy. Not to me. You have been and are continuing to change the desires of my heart. How difficult is it to want to please the one I love? How hard is it to look for ways to please you when there is nothing I would rather do instead? The desire to humbly, and reverently, love, follow, and serve you, is the greatest and best gift that you could have given to me. For this gift, I couldn’t be more grateful and thankful. You are welcome. So, the second, and most obvious thing that I could say is, you have and are continuing to help me to take my focus off myself. I am living to come to know you. I am living to do your will. I am living to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. It is my desire to live in an intimate relationship with you. How is that for being the results of the salvation I have in you? That is very good. There can be now better result. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the desire and the power to do what is pleasing to you. Help me to live a life of humbly and reverently doing what pleases you in all my thoughts and words and actions. I will love, follow, and serve you with all my heart.  Amen

Key Question…  What joy do you have in knowing you are thinking, speaking, and acting in ways that please the Lord?

Living It Out… Live a life of humbly and reverently doing what is pleasing to God in all your thoughts, words, and actions.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God has and will continue to give you both the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the joy you have found in doing what is pleasing to God.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you live a humble and reverent life of doing what is pleasing to God.

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Continue To Work Out Your Salvation

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

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Therefore – Philippians 2:12-13 – Continue To 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)

I’m Working

How have I worked for you? That is a question that I am very happy to answer. You came into this world for me. You lived and died for me. You paid for my sins on the cross. You forgave all my sin. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You rescued me from a life without you. You made me able to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. You filled me with your Holy Spirit as both a sign and guarantee of my new life now and forever in you. You have given me a new life to live. You have given me hope and meaning and purpose in life. I have a new direction in life. What is that direction? I will follow you as you lead me through life. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. Yes, you will.

How have I worked in you? That is another question that I am excited to answer. You have changed my heart and transformed my mind. How have I done that? Am I done changing your heart and transforming your mind? No, you are not finished with me yet, not by a long shot. You will continue to change my heart and transform my mind until the day that I come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, I will. Tell me more about how I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind. You have used your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Your word has given me your thoughts to think and feelings to feel. Your word has helped me to both know and do your will. How so? As I have let your word dwell in me richly my old thoughts and ways have been replaced with your thoughts and ways. Now, it is my delight to know and do your will because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you do.

How have I worked through you? This question also gives me great joy to be able to answer. Why is that? It is astounding to know, that you, the God of the universe, want to work through me. I am humbled. I am in awe. I am at your service. Use me whenever, wherever and however you desire. Nothing would please me more than to be used by you. Use me in small ways. Use me in large ways. Use me in any way. It will be enough for me to know that I have been used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Yes, you will.

Lord, thank you for rescuing me from a life without you. You are my Savior and Lord. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will follow you where you lead me. I will do all that you ask of me. Help me to live out my life of salvation in you. Amen

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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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Rhythms – Philippians 2-12-13 – Work In – Work Out – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Works In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 80 - Philippians 2:12-13 -Works In You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 80 Philippians 2:12-13 -Works In You – 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)

My Good Purpose

I have a plan relating to your life, do you know what my plan is? Not exactly, no not really, I’m not sure what your plan is. I think that we both have a very similar plan relating to your life. I’m not sure how that could be possible since I don’t know what your plan is for my life. Let me hear what your plan is for your life? My plan for my life is to allow you to do in and through me whatever you have in mind. I want to humbly submit myself to you so I can know and do your will. I want to allow you to mold and shape my life so that I become the person that you have planned that I will become. I want to end up doing all the good works that you have planned for me to do. Think about what you have just said. You have basically said you want to know and do my will. That’s your plan? Yes, it is. Well, it is my plan that you will know and do my will. We don’t have similar plans. We have the exact same plans. Yes, it seems that we do have the same plans. That’s good.

How do you feel knowing that you and I both have the same plans for your life? I feel very good about that. Why is that? I have great confidence that you will help me to fulfill your plans for my life. Yes, I will. I feel far less confident that I will be faithful to do all that you have planned for me to do in life. So, it is very encouraging to know that you and I both want the same thing. Why is that? I know that you will help me to know and do your will even when I am weak, weary, worn out and even tempted to give up. You will be my strength when I might become discouraged or even depressed. How do you know that?  You have encouraged and strengthened me every step of the way so far. Yes, I have. I have always been able to rely on you. Yes, you have.

You mentioned being weak, weary, worn out, discouraged and even depressed. Yes, I did. Will the road ahead be easy? I doubt it. Will what I call you to require discipline, diligence and hard work? I’m sure that it will. Will you need to come to rely on me more and more as you walk with me?  Yes, I will. Will you welcome or run away from the challenges that are ahead of you? With your help I will welcome any and every challenge that is before me. Why is that? I know that you want to take me deeper with you. I know that you want to do more work in me. I know that you want to mold and shape my life even more than you have already. You want to continue to do your complete work of salvation in me until the day I meet with you in heaven. Yes, I do. I want that too. We have the same goal and the same plan. Yes, we do. That is very good.

Father, thank you for working in my life according to your good purpose. You have given me a passionate desire to love, follow and serve you. I want to go and do what you ask of me. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I welcome your work in my life. Amen

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Work Out

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 277 - Philippians 2:12-13 - Work Out - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 277 – Philippians 2:12-13 – Work Out – 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 will start at the beginning. What beginning? The beginning of my salvation. The start of my faith in you. Why is that important? I don’t want there to be any confusion. I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding. I want to keep the truth in the forefront of my mind. I want to hold the truth firmly in my heart. What is the truth? You secured my salvation for me. Your death on the cross paid for my sins. You have forgiven me of my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. I cannot possibly earn or merit your salvation. Your salvation has come to me as a gift. You rescued me from a life without you. You helped me to turn away from my sin so I could begin to love and follow and serve you. You have restored my soul. You are now leading me on the path of righteousness. You have adopted me in your family. I am your child. You have filled me with your spirit. I am now living out, or working out, the new life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, you are.  I must never think that I have done, am doing, or could do anything to earn or merit your salvation. That is true.

But now it is time for me to keep on living out or working out my life of salvation. You have places for me to go. You have things for me to do. Yes, I do. So, what will living out or working out your salvation look like? How will you live out or work out your life of salvation? I will live in an intimate relationship with you. I will draw near to you. You will draw near to me. Yes, I will. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in service. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will live to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. You will help me to know and do your will. Yes, I will. You will mold and shape my life as I continue to live out and work out the life of salvation you have given me to live with and for you. That will be very good. Yes, it will.

Lord, it is the desire of my heart to both know and do what is pleasing to you. Do your work in me. Help me to exercise my faith. Give me the strength to know and do your will. I will work out my life of salvation as I continue to love and follow and serve you. Amen

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Becoming Like Christ – Day 277 – Philippians 2-12-13 – Work Out – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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