Title: Under Construction
Series: Philippians (13/20)
Reference: Philippians 2:12-13

We have been studying the book of Philippians on Sunday mornings.   We are still in chapter 2, the title of today’s message is Under Construction – Under Construction.   Philippians chapter 2 is where we are at.  I am going to begin reading with verse 12, and I am going to ask if you are physically able, let’s all stand in honor and reverence for the reading of God’s Holy Word.   The Word of God says in Philippians chapter 2, beginning with verse 12:

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 for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Father, would you add your blessing upon the proclamation of your Word, and it is in the strong name of Jesus we pray.   Amen.  You can be seated.

The key word in our passage together this morning is that little four letter word that we love so much, the word “work”.   Paul mentions it three times in two verses.  I don’t know if you caught that or not.  Verse 12 is the first time.  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.  Verse 13 has it twice: for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  So Paul is talking about work, and specifically he is talking about it as it relates to spiritual growth and Christian maturity.

I know this will come as a shock to many of you but the truth is, when you become saved, you are not automatically a mature Christian.   Right, I know, I know, you would think it is the other way around, but it’s true, when you give your life to Christ you start out almost like a baby Christian and you have to work out your salvation, you have to grow and mature and develop in your faith.  The truth of the matter is we are all a work-in-progress.   We are all under construction: ever becoming, never arriving at the men and women God has destined us to be.  So being saved is really just the beginning of the work God wants to do in your heart.

The Bible will actually tell us in Romans chapter 8, in verse 29, that God has predestined us, God has desired, the end goal of where God wants to take us is for us to be like his son, Jesus.  So God wants us to think like Jesus.  God wants us to speak like Jesus.  God wants us to act like Jesus, to react like Jesus, like when life kicks us in the gut, God wants us to react in the way Jesus would react.  The Bible tells us this is his end goal, this is what God is after.  And ultimately it won’t be realized until (here’s a big theological word) glorification.  That moment when you are changed, transformed, into the resurrected, redeemed, glorified body.  That is when it ultimately will be realized, but the process from the point you are saved to that point is (here’s another theological term) sanctification.   So you are saved, we call that justification, and then you begin to grow, develop and mature in your faith, that’s sanctification, and then that is ultimately realized in the redeemed, resurrected body, and we call that glorification.   In glorification everything is made new, everything is different, but we are in that gap.   We are in that gap where we have received Christ, we are not what we are going to be, but praise God we are not what we used to be.  We are progressing.  We are developing.  We are growing, and I hope that is true for you in your spiritual life.

I hope you can look back over, I don’t know, maybe you have been walking with Christ for five years, or ten years, or fifteen years, or twenty-five years–but hopefully you can look back and say I am not the person I used to be.  And if you can’t do that, listen, life means growth, right.  Things that are alive are things that grow.  If you look back, if you have the testimony that says I have been walking with Jesus for fifty years and everything is the same.  I don’t know about that.   I am not sure that is even possible.  We might want to talk about what it really means to be saved, to be made new, right.  That is what the Bible says.  Everyone in Christ is a new creature, a new creation, old things have passed away, new things have come.  So we are in this gap between justification and glorification, and we know that God’s desire is to grow us.  That’s what God wants to do.  He wants us to develop and to mature, to ever be becoming big boy and big girl Christians who can live as light in a very dark world.

That is God’s desire, and that whole sanctifying process is what Paul has in mind here in Philippians chapter 2.  Here Paul does something that is pretty unique.   Here Paul will take this sanctifying process, and he looks at it like from the believer’s perspective and then also from God’s perspective.   Usually you see one or the other in scripture.  Very seldom do you see both of them in the same passage, but that is exactly what we see here.  We are going to look at those details in just a moment, but before we do there are just some things you need to know about spiritual growth.

Okay, so your notes start out like this: Two things about spiritual growth that you need to know.  Turn to your neighbor and say, you just need to know this.  Alright, go ahead, you just need to know this.  You just need to know this as a Christian.

Number one, spiritual growth is not automatic

Spiritual growth is not automatic.  You really need to get this.  Just because you have been a Christian for ten years, fifteen years, twenty-five years, that doesn’t mean that you have the Christian maturity of a ten year, a fifteen year, a person who has been walking with Christ for twenty-five years.  Make sense?  Just because you have been a Christian for X number of years, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have that kind of maturity in the Christian faith.  It is not automatic.

When you see like some great Christian that you admire, or you see someone who has strong faith and you admire that faith, you need to realize that didn’t just happen.   There is a lot of work behind that.  There is a lot of effort behind that.  No one just becomes mature in their faith.  It is not automatic.  It is a process, it’s a growth.  I love this phrase, “it is a long walk in the same direction”.   So it is a process, it is a development, it is progress.  It is not perfection, it is progress and it doesn’t just happen automatically.  There are no short-cuts, I guess that is really what I am saying.  There are no short-cuts to spiritual maturity.   There are no super diet pills.  There are no weight gainer – spiritual weight gainer 4,000, right!  You take it and you wake up the next morning … how many of you know that stuff doesn’t work anyway.    Right, it doesn’t work anyway.   If it doesn’t work in the physical realm, it sure doesn’t work in the spiritual realm.

If you want to be healthy physically, you have got to put in the work.   It will work if you work it.   The same thing spiritually.  If you want to be healthy spiritually, if you want to be strong in the Lord, you got to put in the work.  It will work if you work it.  You have got to give yourself to those things that lend to spiritual health.  If you don’t do that, if you take the approach as a Christian that says I am saved, I have my fire insurance and I don’t need to grow, I don’t need to do anything to move myself further along in this process of sanctification, if you don’t put forth the effort, you are never going to grow.   You are never going to grow.

You have to put forth some effort.  If you want to be strong in the Lord, you have got to put forth the effort.  If you don’t put forth the effort, you are not going to grow.  It ain’t gonna happen.  Turn to your neighbor and say: it is not automatic.  You have got to work it, right, you have got to work it, and if you work it, it will grow.

One of my favorite passages in the entire Bible is James chapter 4, in verse 8, where the Bible says come near to God and God will come near to you.  That is called a conditional promise.  It’s conditional because it hinges upon you meeting the condition of come near to God.   If you come near to God, if you take steps to come near to God, God is going to come near to you.  Now that tells me, now listen to this…  This is not going to be easy to hear, but you can handle it, right.  Listen, you are as close to God as you want to be.  You are as far along in your spiritual maturity as you want to be.   If you want to grow closer to God, the Bible says come nearer to God.  If you come near to God, God will come near to you.  You are as mature in your faith as you want to be.  If you want to grow in the Lord, if you want to be strong in the Lord, then you have got to work it, you have got to put forth the effort because spiritual growth is not automatic.

Now with that being said, I don’t  want you to go to the other extreme and think it is all about what you do because God has a part in this too.   We are talking about spiritual things, right.   So the reality is you need to be devoted, you need to be committed, you need to be diligent, you need to engage in the spiritual disciplines, but at the end of it all, beloved, growth belongs to the Lord.  It is the Lord who causes spiritual growth in your heart.

So number two says it like this, spiritual growth is a cooperative work between the individual believer and God

Spiritual growth is a cooperative work between the individual believer and God.  It is like a partnership.  I have a part to play in this.  I have a role to play in this, and God has a part to play.   So spiritual growth, it is not automatic.  I have got to work it, if I want to grow in the Lord I have to give myself to those things that make for growth, but it is not just about what I do, because it is not about just letting go and letting God because God has a role in this thing as well.

Philippians chapter 2, as I mentioned earlier, it is one of those few places in scripture where you see both of those perspectives together in the same context.  Verse 12 says: 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 …  That’s what you have got to do, that’s your part.   You have got to work out your salvation.  So if you just read verse 12 it sounds like spiritual growth is about what I do.  Right?  Are you following me?  Are you tracking with this?  It sounds like verse 12 is saying that I have a work to do, and if verse 12 is all we know about spiritual growth then we might say it is up to me.  But then you get to verse 13, and verse 13 says: but it is God who is at work in you…  Oh, okay, so spiritual growth is about God working in me.  So if all I read is verse 13, then I might look at spiritual growth and say well, this is all about God doing something in my heart so I don’t need to do anything.  I don’t need to read my Bible.  I don’t need to serve.  I don’t need to step out of the boat and get uncomfortable in my Christian faith.  It is just about God’s work in me but that is not true either.

In reality spiritual growth is a cooperative work between the individual and God.   Verse 12 says you have got a work to do.  Verse 13 says God is working in you.  Both are right.  It is not either/or, it is both/and.  You have a work, God has a work., and listen, God is going to do his part, right.

I love that old story about the couple that had been married for fifty years and they were driving down the road in the pick-up truck.  The husband was behind the wheel, just cruising along.  The wife was sitting over here next to the passenger door, and they were just totally silent, but they were okay in that silence.  They were driving and pulled up to this stop light, and over on the other side of the road is a couple that was just married.   The husband is driving, and the wife is just as close to him as she can be, and she has got a head lock on his arm and she is just holding him and they are so tight and they are smooching at the red light.  Over in the other truck, the wife looks to her husband and says why don’t we act like that anymore, and the husband says, I am not the one who moved.  (laughter).

You get it.  You get it, right, I am not the one who moved.   Hey, that’s what God says.  I am not the one who moved.  Spiritual growth is a cooperative work between you and God.  God is not the one who moved.  God is not the one who has sort of fallen down on the job.  God is not the one who is a spiritual apathetic.  God says I am not the one who moved.   The cooperative work between you and God, you have got to do your part.

So let’s look at these two parts that Paul mentions here.  Number one on your notes says the believer’s role in spiritual growth is to work out. 

The believer’s role in spiritual growth is to work out.  That is taken right out of the main verb in verse 12.  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…and that is my part.  The fear and trembling is the attitude that I have as I work out my salvation, but just take note of this, your part in spiritual growth is to work out your salvation.

Let me take a time out here and tell you, I just want to call your attention that the Bible is saying to work out your salvation.  The Bible is not saying to work for your salvation.  Huge difference there, right.  Huge difference!  It is work out your salvation, not work for your salvation.  We know that salvation is not a matter about work you do, salvation is not about how awesome you are, it is not about how good you are, it is about how awesome God is, how good God is, what God has done to bring us to himself through Jesus Christ.

The truth is: a lifetime of doing the right things has never saved anybody.  Salvation is about Jesus, plus nothing, minus nothing.  There is no other way.  I don’t have anything to contribute, I don’t have anything to offer, I don’t bring anything to the table, it is all about what Jesus has done on my behalf, and apart from Christ, apart from the righteousness that we can have in Christ, I don’t have a hope.  I do not have a hope of heaven, of forgiveness, of salvation, it is all about Jesus, and without him I am as lost as a dog in high weeds, and I have no future but to bust hell wide open, that’s all I have, everything is about Jesus.   Everything is in one basket called Jesus, he is the only hope that we have.

David said in psalms, chapter 23, verse 1:  The Lord is my shepherd.  Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3, in verse 3, you must be born again, and what I want you to see there is that it is a personal, individual thing between you and Jesus.  The church doesn’t save you.   I hope you come to church.  You need to come to church.  You need to read your Bible.  You need to learn your Bible.  Understand your Bible, understand what God is saying through his Word.  But that doesn’t save you.  You probably should be baptized as a public declaration of your faith in Jesus, but baptism does not save you.   Only Jesus saves you.  Just because your mommy was a Christian doesn’t mean you are a Christian.   Just because your daddy was a pastor in a Southern Baptist Church, that doesn’t make you a Christian.   God doesn’t save anybody on the family plan.  It is one on one.  It is personal, it is individual, the Lord is my shepherd.  Jesus looked at Nicodemus and he said you must be born again, and the reality is if you are not born again, and if Jesus is not your shepherd, you don’t have salvation.   You don’t have salvation.

I don’t say that in an arrogant way, I am saying that in a way that will hopefully shock you to get you to think about things because Jesus said on that last day there are going to be people who stand before him and say Lord, Lord, we know you, didn’t we prophesize in your name, didn’t we do all this work in your name, I mean, if we didn’t know the Lord, who knew the Lord.  And Jesus is going to look at them and say I don’t know you, I don’t know you.

Once you are saved, spiritual growth is a cooperative growth, and your part, as Paul puts it here, is to work out your salvation.  Now this phrase work out, this is a great image word in the Greek.  It carries the idea of working something out to full completion.  Working something out to full completion.  It was often used in Paul’s day to speak of mining.  If you owned a mine, and there was gold in that mine, and there were valuable minerals in that mine, you would did that thing out, right.  And you don’t stop when you find the first nugget do you?  No, you mine that thing out.  You work it out to full completion.  It was used in a harvest to speak how a farmer would work out his field to full completion.  He doesn’t just harvest half of his field, he doesn’t harvest just enough to get by for a month and then he’ll come back later and get the other stuff.  No, he harvests everything out of that field.  He works it out to full completion.

The ideal here is that when you got saved God deposited in you something very valuable, something life changing, something you will spend the rest of your life mining out the treasure and the truth that God deposited in your heart when you got saved.  That’s the idea.  God has deposited something in you, and now you spend your life working it out.  You work out what it means to be in Christ.  You work out what it means to be a man of God, a woman of God, a husband of God, a wife of God, a mom or a dad raising children in God’s way, you work that out.  God has put that in you and now you spend the rest of your life mining out the treasure and the truth that God has worked in you.  It is almost as if Paul is saying what God has done on the inside, you need to work out on the outside.  It is growth, it is development, it is Christian maturity.  You have new spiritual life inside of you, now learn what it means to live in that spiritual life, and you work it out to full completion which ultimately leads to the stage of glorification.

And I want to point this out.  I guess it is kind of obvious with the language that Paul is using, but it kind of carries, it feels like, well, this is going to be hard.  This is not going to be easy.  Mining is not easy.  Farming is not easy.  Even the phrase ‘work out’, that is not easy.  If you are going to work out, do you know what that means at the very least, it means you are going to have to put a little effort into it.   You are going to have to put a little energy into it.  Your heart rate is going to have to get up a little bit.  You are going to have to be somewhat intentional and strategic about your day.

The same thing is true spiritually.  If you are going to work out who you are in Christ, you are going to have to be a little strategic about your day.  You are going to have to be a little intentionally about your time, the things you give your heart to, the things you watch or do not watch, things you say or do not say, read or do not read.  You only have so much time in any given day, so the issue is not how do you spend the time but how do you invest the time to get the result you want to have.  If you want to grow in Christ, how can you invest this block of time to be able to grow in Christ?  So you are going to have to put forth a little energy, you are going to have to put forth a little effort, this is not going to be easy.

This hard language is not surprising.  The New Testament is literally filled with commands for my spiritual health that require me to do something, or to give my heart to something, or to be about something.  Here are a few of them, Romans chapter 6, in verse 9, it says:  to present your members as slaves to righteousness.  Now I have to do that, you can’t do that for me.  I can’t do that for you.  I have to present my members as slaves to righteousness, that is action on my part.

II Corinthians chapter 7, in verse 1 says let us cleanse our hands from all filthiness of the flesh.   Again, I have to do that.  The Bible is calling me to action.

Ephesians chapter 4, in verse 1 says to walk worthy of the calling you have received.  You know what, that is on me.  That is my part, that is my area, right?

I Corinthians chapter 9, in verse 27 says that I punched my body, I discipline my body and I make my body my slave.  I am not a slave to my fleshly desires.  I make my body my slave for the purpose of growing in Christ.  That is discipline.  That is effort.  That is hard work.

I Corinthians chapter 9, in verse 24 says that we should run this race of faith in such a way that we may win.  Listen, don’t you know the winner of the race is the one exerting the most energy?  He is like maximum effort.  Nobody wins a race by taking a nap.  Nobody wins a race by being lethargic and apathetic, but it is by maximum effort.

So I Timothy chapter 6, in verse 12 says to fight the good fight of faith.  That sounds hard.  It is not easy.  All of these commands assume a measure of effort, energy, and a degree of intentionality on my part.  This is what I must do.  And if I don’t do this, I am not going to grow in my faith.  It is hard work and it is not automatic.

This is what Paul is calling for.  I love how in the context of what he says here, points this back to Jesus.  He begins in verse 12 by saying so then, that is like a conclusion.  That points us to the preceding section, chapter 2, verses 5 through 11, where Paul points to Jesus as the supreme example of Christian maturity.   Right, Paul points to Jesus and he says Jesus was humble, Jesus was obedient, Jesus was submissive to the Father, Jesus put his own personal comfort to the side and took the road less traveled and he served us.

Paul looks at that example and then he says, so then, right, like this is all Jesus did so then work out your own salvation.   You be like Jesus.  That is what Paul is saying.  You be like Jesus.  Jesus was humble, you be humble.  Jesus was obedient, you know what, you should be obedient.  Jesus was submissive to the Father, you should be submissive to the Father.   Jesus put his own personal comfort aside and he served other people.   You know what, you should be like that.  You be like that.  So then, in light of who Jesus is, in light of what Jesus has done, so then work out your own salvation.

And then look at the next phrase, this is good too.  It says so then, my beloved.  I love that phrase.  My beloved, there is tenderness in that.  As Paul called the believers in Philippi to work out their salvation, to be like Jesus, there is tenderness in his heart towards them because there is tenderness in the heart of God towards those believers.   God is tender toward us.  As we grow in spiritual maturity, as we press on to know the Lord, as we walk this path of developing Christ-like maturity, there is tenderness in the heart of God for us.  He says it is okay when you fall.  It is okay when you stumble.  It is okay when who you are on the outside doesn’t line up with who you really are on the inside.  You are still loved, you are still accepted before God.  God’s acceptance of you has nothing to do with how well you live for him, it is always on the basis of Jesus, so pick yourself up and continue to work out who you are in Jesus.

Aren’t you glad that is the way it works?  Aren’t you glad that as we grow and develop as men and women who love God, men and women who are very much under construction, aren’t you glad there is mercy.   Aren’t you glad there is grace, and there is forgiveness, and there is restoration and forgiveness and there are second chances and there are third chances, and fourth chances.  Oh my goodness, how patient God has been with us!   Aren’t you glad this is the way that spiritual maturity works?  Aren’t you glad that God’s grace is always sufficient, never ending, super-abounding.  Aren’t you glad God knows all about you, all the sin in your life, God knows all the junk in your life that you dare not mention to anyone else, even the junk you are dealing with right now.  God knows that and he saved you anyway.  He loves you anyway and he pursues you anyway.  Spiritual growth is not about perfection, it is about direction.

While I don’t want to give you the impression that it is okay to have unchecked sin in your life, God is not okay with unchecked sin in your life.  Sin is why Jesus died.   So God is not okay with that at all.  I don’t want you to go to that extreme, but I want you to feel the freedom and the truth that God is bigger than your sin.   God is bigger than your guilt.  God is bigger than your mistakes.  God is bigger than your foot in your mouth.  God is bigger than all the junk in your life, all the struggles, all the sin, all the short-comings, and the same God that saved you all the way back here, however long all the way back here for you is, whether it is ten years, fifteen years, twenty years, maybe it is just one year, maybe just a couple of months, the same God that saved you there is the same God that wants to continue to work, and develop, and to grow you into Christ-like maturity now.  God is for you wayward child.  God is with you struggling believer.  You ought to run to his mercy this morning, you ought to receive his grace and allow him to wash you anew and afresh under his forgiveness.

So spiritual growth is a cooperative work, and you have got to work it out.  God has deposited great treasure in you, but you have got to spend your life working it out.   If you don’t work it out you are not going to grow.  That is your role in spiritual growth.

What about God’s role?  Look at number two.  God’s role in spiritual growth is to work in.

You work out, God works in.  Verse 13 puts it like this:  For it is God who is at work in you.  Think about that.  God is at work in you.  This is an amazing thing.  God is at work in you.  Turn to your neighbor and say he is talking to you.  God is at work in you.  Well, what is God doing?  If God is at work in my heart, what in the world is God doing?

We can answer that a number of different ways but in the context, look at how Paul answers this.  He gives us two different ways.  Verse 13 says:  For it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  So two ways.  Both to will, that means to desire and then to work, that means to actually follow through and do the desire.   God is at work in you both to cause you to desire, and then to work, to actually do the desire.  And obviously we are talking about right desire here because temptation does not come from the Lord.  James tells us that.

God is at work in our heart to will, to desire right things, righteous things, holy things, good things, edifying things.  Paul will go over this list, chapter 4 I think it is, and he will say, look, whatever is good, whatever is noble, whatever is worthy, whatever is of good repute, good reputation, whatever is going to be edifying, think about those things.  Alright, that is how God leads you.  That’s the desire that God puts into your heart.  It is always for edification, always for good purposes, it never takes you down the wrong path.  So God is working in my heart to cause me to desire that which is right, and then to work, to actually help me do what is right.

This is so good guys.  This is so amazing because the biggest problem you and I have is that we try to do the right thing in the wrong energy.   We try to do the right thing through the effort of the flesh.   We try to be more loving, we try to be more patient, we try to be more long-suffering, we try to be more forgiving, and we do all of that through the effort of the flesh.  We try and will it to be so.  That’s the flesh.   But what this passage is saying is that God is working in you.  As you work out what it means to be in Christ, as you continue to live your life mining out the treasure that God has put in you, the Bible says he is working in your heart causing you to desire to do the right thing, and then he is going to help you do the right thing.

That is what verse 13 is saying.  For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  God is going to lead me, God is going to put this desire in me to be right, to be righteous, to live my life as I should, and God is going to help me live my life as I should.  God is going to put this desire in me to say no to that temptation, to turn away from that, to flee that, and God is going to help me do that.  God is going to put this desire in my heart where you know what, you need to forgive.  You need to forgive that person and it is going to be hard because that person hurt me and that person offended me, but God is going to help me forgive them.  That is what verse 13 is saying.   God is working in your heart, giving you the desire to what is right, and he is going to help you do what is right.

And why, look at the result.  Look at the result of all of this.  Verse 13 says for it is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.   The Bible says God works in my heart so that I will desire to do what is right, and then God helps me to do what is right and then when I do that, it brings joy to the heart of God.

That is amazing.  Think about that.  You can live your life in a way that causes God joy.  Isn’t that what you want to do?  In any relationship where you really love someone?   I love my wife, and my desire in this relationship is to live with her, to relate to her, serve her, and just do life with her in such a way that it makes her joyful.  That’s what I want.  I want my wife to be filled with joy in this relationship because I love her.

If you love God, is this not your heart’s desire?   As a Christian, is this not your heart’s desire just to say, I just want to please my Father.  I just want to honor God in my life.   The Bible says God helps us to do that.  He puts this desire in our hearts, he helps us to live that out, and as we do that it brings him joy.

So what, real quick.  Let me give you just a couple of questions to help you to think and pray through some of the truth that the Bible is teaching here.  These are not on the screen, so go ahead and write them down so you can think about them.

Question number one:  Are you getting after things spiritually?  Are you getting after things spiritually?  This is your part, right.  The Bible says to work out your own salvation.  Are you getting after things spiritually?  How do you know that?  It has to be measurable.  A goal that is not measurable is a goal that cannot be met, or at the very least you will not know if you have met it or not because it is not measurable.   Are you growing?  Are you getting after things spiritually?  Are you working out spiritually?  Are you doing your part to grow, develop, spiritually?  If not, what can you do this week?  Alright, what can you do this week to begin to get after it?   Can you read your Bible?   How long can you read your Bible?   Can you try to read your Bible three days in a row?  Four days, five days, fifteen minutes every … I don’t know, I don’t know what this looks like for you, but make a goal, make it measurable, make it something that you know, I am either getting after it or I am not.  Are you getting after things spiritually?

Question number two:  What does God want you to do?  Verse 13 tells us that God is working in our hearts, leading us to will, to desire certain things, so think about this question, what does God want you to do?   It could be positive, or negative.  Positive, to serve, to give, to go, to make, to contribute.  Negative, to ignore, to run away from, to throw down, to let go of, to repent, to put away.  What does God want you to do?

Are you getting after things spiritually, and what does God want you to do?

Let me pray for us.

Father, Lord our heart is to grow.  We desire to have a strong faith, a good faith, a healthy faith.  Lord we want to be everything that you have created us to be.  We want to experience everything that you have put in us, in salvation.  Lord we want to please you. 

We know, Father, that as your Word has instructed us this morning, we know that you have put that desire down in our hearts.  We know that desire is there ultimately for your good, for your glory, and so Lord I pray that you would help us to come near to you and as we take that step that you would come near to us.  Father, give us wisdom, give us understanding, speak to our spirits during this time, help us to think through, to pray through these questions.   

Before I finishing praying, let me ask you to think through those two questions.  Are you getting after things spiritually, and what does God want you to do?  Would you prayerfully consider those questions right now?  Father, what do you want me to do in my marriage, with my family, at my work, in this adversity, in this difficult situation?  Father, what do you want me to do?  Would you pray that prayer?  Would you ask the Father in faith?  Would you still your spirit and expect God to speak?  Father, what do you want me to do?  Would you turn your heart towards obedience?  To follow him in however he leads, however he speaks.

Lord I pray that you would answer every heart that is echoing that prayer this morning.  Speak and minister to us Father.  We ask it according to the saving and life-changing name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

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