Topic: Act Your Salvation [Sunday, July 16th]
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye 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 (Philippians 2:12).*_
Havingconfessed the lordship of Jesus over your life and received eternal life into your spirit, the very next and most important thing is putting the Word of God into practice; that is, putting the Word to work. Paul tells us, “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” This simply means to act your salvation.
“I’ve been a Christian all these while and Christianity hasn’t done anything for me,” someone said. The fact is that Christianity doesn’t do anything for you; you’re to do something with your Christianity. You’re the one to work the Word and make it produce results in your life. You’ll be super elated at the glory of God that’ll be manifested in your life as you act on His Word. This is where some have missed it. They’re not aware that the Word of God is for doing.
In Christianity, we practise the Word: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:22-25). First is that you search and study the Word, and then you believe, and act accordingly.
For example, if you felt the symptom of sickness, read Romans 8:11. It says, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Then declare that you’re in health and no sickness can thrive in your body. Refuse to let the pain or discomfort dominate your mind; rather, set your gaze on the Lord and His infallible Word, rejoicing in His truth. The Word will prevail.
Dear Father, my heart is forever open to receive your engrafted Word with meekness, faith and gladness. As I put the Word to work, I experience productivity, efficiency and growth. I’m transformed, strengthened and energised in Christ Jesus. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: || James 1:21-25 NIV Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. ||
|| Luke 6:47-49 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan: Acts 24:1-27,
2-Year Bible Reading Plan: Luke 9:10-17,