A human being lives, but he is given life.
Well today we hit day 20 of our 40 day study of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, so we need to start thinking about what to study next. I have had request for Revelation and Proverbs. We could cover Proverbs in about 35 days, but Revelation is very in depth and it would take us about 70 – 80 days to cover it and we would almost be required to cover the book of Daniel as well, this would take another 35 – 40 days to cover. This would take us well out of our 40 days of study per topic, but that really does not matter. My New Year’s sermon is on all the hype of 2012 anyway and so I could use the single focus. I will say that (Matthew 24:36) says it best “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” Just something to think about.
I am willing to talk about anything everyone decides on. Give me your thoughts and I will post this question again on day 30 and on day 35 I will let you know what we are going to study.
New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you 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; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
Thought of the Day
“Faith in Christ is not just a single step but a life of walking with Him.”
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Every January, health club memberships dramatically increase and exercise rooms become crowded with what some people call “the New Year’s resolution crowd.” Fitness regulars know that by March many of the newcomers will be gone. “They don’t see results as quickly as they think they will,” says one club director. “People don’t realize it takes a lot of work and perseverance to get in shape.”
It’s a phenomenon we experience in the spiritual realm as well. Author Eugene Peterson notes that in a culture that loves speed and efficiency, “it is not difficult . . . to get a person interested in the message of the gospel; it is terrifically difficult to sustain the interest.” To follow Christ faithfully, Peterson says, requires “a long obedience in the same direction.”
Paul urged the Philippians to adopt the same mindset as Christ, whose obedience to the Father was wholehearted and complete (2:8). He encouraged them to keep on obeying the Lord and to “work out [their] own salvation with fear and trembling” (2:12).
As new believers, we may have good intentions when we take our first steps of faith. Then, as we grow in Christ, God’s power enables us to keep walking joyfully with Him along the long road of obedience. —David C. McCasland
The Lord God is faithful, and always will be,
He’ll never give up on you or on me;
So let us continue to serve Him each day,
Faithful to follow His will and His way. —Fitzhugh
Personal Reflection and Discussion