“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. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippines 2:12-13.
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Here are further exhortations for Believers duties; to like-mindedness and lowly-mindedness, according to the example of our Lord Yeshua. Kindness is the law of Yeshua’s kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family. Several motives to brotherly love are mentioned. If you expect or experience the benefit of God’s compassion to yourselves, be compassionate one to another. It is the joy of ministers to see people like-minded. Yeshua came to humble us, let there not be among us a spirit of pride. We must be severe upon our own faults, and quick in observing our own defects, but ready to make favorable allowances for others. We must kindly care for others, but not be busy-bodies in other men’s matters. Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind. (Philippians 2:1-4). In this article, we will find more information on just how to continue enhancing our walk by working out our salvation.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Be with us, “Oh” Lord as we walk in your grace and protection. Strengthen and lift us into your greatness. Place us within your understanding and patience so we might walk among the lost who ply to murder us. Brighten your light so it might shine far and deep into the darkness. Sharpen our minds so we might discern and understand your words so they may form the Two-Edged sword we will need for spiritual battle. Bring truth and wisdom into our lives that it reveals those flaws which remain within. Bring us before a spiritual mirror so we may see our reflection as you do Father We ask all this in your name Yeshua, Amen, and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
What is revealed here is not new information, but a gentle nudge of what Yeshua exhorts us too, Diligence and Seriousness, in our walk as Believers and followers: “Work out your own salvation. It is the salvation of our souls” (1 Peter 1:9), and our eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9), and contains deliverance from all the evils sin had brought upon us and exposed us to, and the possession of all good and whatsoever is necessary to our complete and final happiness. Observe, It concerns us above all things to secure the welfare of our souls: whatever becomes of other things, let us take care of our best interests. It is our own salvation, the salvation of our own souls. It is not for us to judge other people we have enough to do to look to ourselves and, though we must promote the universal salvation (Jude 1:3) as much as we can, yet we must upon no account neglect our own.
We find Jude’s instructions from his era being very applicable within our walk today. He intimates that he was indeed glad and anxious to write, but yet necessity urged him to do so, even because the believers were assailed (according to what follows) by the ungodly, and stood in need of being prepared to fight with them. His words from the past apply to our battles today. His written guidance for the church of his day still stands as guidelines for our walks today as we are assailed by the same forces of evil of his day.
Then, in the first place, Jude testifies that he felt so much concern for their salvation, that he wished himself, and was indeed anxious to write to them; and, secondly, to rouse their attention, he says that the state of things required him to do so. For necessity adds potent stimulants. Had they not been forewarned how necessary his exhortation was, they might have been slothful and negligent; but when he makes this preface, that he wrote on account of the necessity of their case, it was the same as though he had blown a trumpet to awake them from their torpor.
We must be diligent in the use of all the means which conduce to our salvation. We must not only work at our salvation, by doing something now and then about it but we must work out our salvation, by doing all that is to be done and persevering therein to the end. Salvation is the great thing we should mind and set our hearts upon, and we cannot attain salvation without the utmost care and diligence. He adds, With fear and trembling, that is, with great care and circumspection: “Trembling for fear lest you miscarry and come short. Be careful to do everything in religion in the best manner, and fear lest under all your advantages you should so much as seem to come short,” Hebrews 4:1. Fear is a great guard and preservative from evil.
It is not for us to judge other people we have enough to do to look to ourselves and, though we must promote the universal salvation (Jude 1:3) as much as we can, yet we must upon no account neglect our own. We are required to work out our salvation, katergazesthe. The word signifies working thoroughly at a thing and taking real pains.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
In the previously published article, “GOD’S LOVE IS!” “LEARN, ONE, VERSE, EVERYDAY!” We found a template of how to discern God’s reasoning in the word love. In that article, we were cautioned not to neglect our own walk. The fore-mentioned information has given us a way to do both utilize the template by assisting others to find the well of living water and keep our walk in perspective.
God’s grace, works in us, in a way suitable to our natures, and in concurrence with our endeavors and the operations of God’s grace in us are so far from excusing, that they are intended to quicken and engage our endeavors. “And work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for he worketh in you” All our working depends upon his working in us “Do not trifle with God by neglects and delays, lest you provoke him to withdraw his help, and all your endeavors prove in vain. Work with fear, for the works of his good pleasure.” To will and to do: he gives the whole ability. It is the grace of God which inclines the will to that which is good: and then enables us to perform it and to act according to our principles. Thou hast wrought all our works in us, Isaiah 26:12. Of his good pleasure.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Our Father in heaven hears our petitions which we place before His throne. You have shown us, Lord, there are troubled times ahead. We ask, Lord. take us and spiritually melt us down, fire us seven times to purify and reshape us, into the pure medal you have created us to be. Strengthen our minds to endure and hold wisdom to act through understanding and your will Father. Not out of malice, spite or worldliness. We pray, Lord, as you did for the disciples journeying during a stormy sea, causing fear among them, to calm our tumultive surroundings creating fear within us. Fill us with courage and determination. Remove any and all spirits of fear, doubt, and shortcomings within our walk. Sharpen the two-edged swords you have provided through the Holy Spirit, by filling us with your discerning words so we might speak wisely, through humility offering your grace, forgiveness, and gifts within your Salvation. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen and, Amen.
Remember, these messages are from a humble servant being obedient unto our Lord Yeshua as a Watchman. This I pray for all. ” Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua. “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace.“