Week 2. Thursday: Work It Out
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Philippians 2:12
12 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,
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words.
Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean.
Snapshot: In this passage Paul is commending the Philippians for their consistent obedience. Paul urges them to continue in their obedience as a way to work out their salvation. This does not mean that Paul wanted them to doubt their salvation neither is he saying that obedience leads to salvation. Paul is teaching a very important principle here. Obedience is not the cause of our salvation, it is the result. So Paul is saying we must continue to show evidence of our salvation through obedience.
Takeaway: Obedience is the natural result of salvation.
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
In what areas of your life do you struggle to obey God’s word? Why?
Read Galatians 5:16-26. Of the two lists, which one most describes you?
What do you need to do in order to grow in your obedience to God?
PRAY: Ask God to help you cultivate the Fruit of the Spirit in your life.