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My God is…enabling you Philippians 2:12-14

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Philippians 2:12-14 – Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

For it is God who is at work in you

In 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 it reads, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through

us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” We are all sinners, and all have fallen short of the Glory of God. In the verse from 2 Corinthians we hear about the great exchange. Our sin was exchanged with God’s righteousness. When we come to God in faith, He no longer sees our sin, but Jesus’ righteousness. We are no longer dirty with sin, but washed clean.

Enabling you both to will and to work for His good pleasure

Because God has done that work in us, providing us with the great exchange of righteousness for our failures, He enables us to be able to will and to work things for His good pleasure. The things we do now can actually have value to God. Without His righteousness, even our good works are like filthy rags.

Definition of ENABLE

: to provide with the means or opportunity <training that enables people to earn a living>

   : to make possible, practical, or easy <a deal that would enable passage of a new law>
   : to cause to operate <software that enables the keyboard>
2: to give legal power, capacity, or sanction to <a law enabling admission of a state>
God has provides us with the means and the opportunity to be able to think and act out our faith in Him. We’re now able, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, to reflect our Lord to those around us. He has made it possible. Without Him, we couldn’t have done anything that would have been worthy of telling people whose we are. Not only are we given the opportunity and had God make it possible for us to do good works, His love and sacrifice compels us to do good works. Because He loves us and sacrificed Himself that we might have righteousness, we are caused to do the Lord’s work. We are blessed to be a blessing.
 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in My God is enabling you

 

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My God is…Trustworthy Psalm 111:6-8

Psalm 111:6-8 He has shown his people the power of his works,

Who do you trust?

Who do you trust?

giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.

A name you can trust 

When we lived in England, there was a commercial that always ended “A name you can trust” (yes it’s true I can’t remember what the commercial was for, but I remember the catch phrase). People are always trying to get us to trust them. They want to be believed. They want people to understand and identify with them.

Who do you trust? 

I trust people who have proven themselves to be trustworthy. My parents – I trust them wholeheartedly. They have always been reliable. I can come to them with any problem, and they will be there for me. They’ve proven their trustworthiness through their consistent love and care for me. Did I always think what they wanted me to do was the right thing for me at the time? No. Sometimes they seemed unreasonable, strict and maybe even controlling, but I was always shown to be wrong. Their actions worked for my best interest. Now they’re not perfect, but they are trustworthy.

Why do you trust? 

Do you trust people blindly? Are you unforgiving? Do you think just because someone doesn’t agree with you that they’re not trustworthy? Truth is, people are not always trustworthy. They fail us. They are sinful. But the Truth is God is trustworthy. He does follow through on His precepts. This world is full of evil, but for those who believe we look beyond the here and now towards our future in heaven with Him. We trust that while we live on this imperfect world, God is still active and moving us towards Him and away from the evil of this world.

Finding Comfort in His word

Psalm 111 is a great Psalm talking about God & His trustworthiness. I hope you find it a blessing this morning.

Psalm 111[a]

Praise the Lord.[b]

I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

 

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in My God is Trustworthy, Psalm

 

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