Salvation

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;”. ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Paul is recognizing that the Philippians followed his teachings not only while he was there among them, but even when he was absent. 

Do we follow the teachings of Jesus not only when we are among our fellow Christians, but when we are out in the world?

We are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”  We are not working FOR our salvation. There is nothing we can do to earn it. We have been saved by God’s Grace through faith.  We are able to receive salvation by what JESUS has done.  Hallelujah!!

As a result of our salvation, we begin to “work out” or do the good works of God that He has prepared us to do.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

LORD, as we go forward from our position of being saved by grace, may we never take it for granted! May we never take YOU for granted! You are Almighty, Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords! May everything we do and say in Your name be in recognition of Who You are. You are WORTHY of our deepest reverence and our highest praise!! Amen!

What Surrounds You?

A friend of mine posted this photo of a tree in New Orleans.

As I was looking at it, I immediately heard in my spirit, “Be careful what you surround yourself with…it will become a part of you!”

I’m sure that this metal support was put around the tree to help it grow. But, as we can see, there came a point where the metal began to become a part of the tree itself.

The tree is still growing, but we can see that the metal is affecting the integrity of the tree. It’s not meant to be a part of the tree structure – but because of it’s close proximity on a continual basis – it has become part of it.

I hear the Lord saying that we need to be aware of what we surround ourselves with! What are we allowing to transform us? God or man?

Do we surround ourselves with the Truth of God’s Word or do we surround ourselves with manmade truths and opinions?

As in the photo, we can still grow and continue our lives apart from God’s plan…but our lives will not display the beauty and purpose of our creation.

Brothers & Sisters! May our lives be a life of holiness, beauty, and truth in the Lord and not be marred with things of the flesh that will negatively affect our growth.

What surrounds us on a daily basis? What are we allowing to become a part of our lives…a part of who we are?

[photo credit: Will Griffis]

Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! May we all remember Who created this earth we dwell upon. May we all remember Who our God is and who He says we are. May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Glory!

“I made the earth, and created man on it. It was My hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.”  (Isaiah 45:12 HCSB)

“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22 NASB)