September 17, Reading 3 – Philippians 2:12-30

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SAA Notes

Complaint and argument come naturally to us. These are some of the things we must put off! What do people hear from you: how great your God is, or how terrible your church is or fellow believers are?

SJA Notes

We shouldn’t need to be reminded to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

But we do.

And how blessed we are that we have Paul’s words here, GOD’S WORD TO US, that reminds us.

Our salvation – WORK IT OUT.

How?

With fear and trembling!

Wrestle with God’s will, work it over in our minds and hearts like a puzzle, like a juicy plum seed, like an all-day lolly.

Keep rolling through it, keep being brought back to the realities of God’s word, keep pressing on through and grab hold of the hope God has given to us, even while we are frustrated with our lot.

This is the calling of every disciple of Jesus, every child of God. To take time each day in His Word that tells us of His salvation plan, that wonderful and full providential writing of our names in the book of life before the world began.

Work it out!

* Gracious Father,

Please O Lord God, please help us to understand what it means to work out our salvation, and our faith, with fear and trembling.

And please help us to grow, so that what might have been our understanding then is built on and deepened and strengthened each day, so that our NOW is even more than the THEN.

Please Lord, increase our faith.

Amen.

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