June 12, 2020: SOAP #3844: 1Kings 12; 2Chronicles 10,11; Philippians 2
Scripture: Philippians (NIV) 2:12 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, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Observation: Living the Christian life is not something to be taken lightly. People will be drawn to God according to what they see in me and what they hear from me. I am to live out my salvation with 'fear and trembling.' Eternal issues are involved, for my own life and for the lives of those around me.
It is important to me, but it is even more important to God! He knows the weakness of flesh that has been tainted with sin. He knows that I cannot be trusted to work out my own salvation. But it is so important to God that He joins me to work out my salvation!!! Amazing!!! The One who lived this life perfectly is now living in me!
Application: Any excuse that I have ever made that the Christian life is too hard is proof that I did not understand it. Being a Christian is not me trying to copy His life. Being a Christian is allowing Jesus to live His life in me!
Even though I try my best, I can never succeed in perfectly living the Christ life. The only one who ever succeeded in perfectly living the Christ life if Jesus Himself. Any success I will have is when I let Jesus live His life in and through me!
Prayer: Jesus, be Jesus in me. No longer me, but Thee. Resurrection power fill me this hour. Jesus be Jesus in me! (Unknown) Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!