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. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world. Philippians 2:12b-15
1. BRIDLE YOUR TONGUE. The tongue is a powerful part of our lives. No human being can tame it alone—that’s why it’s so wonderful that God is at work in us, helping us. Grumbling and complaining can be habit-forming. But when we bridle the tongue, we will protect our own souls. When we can do all things without grumbling or disputing, we will see greater results.
2. SPEAK THE WORD. Speaking God’s Word is creative. It creates a more balanced personality and a more effective life of service and ministry. It controls every level of our growth. His Word cleanses us and checks our hearts. It’s living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword.
3. GOD IS AT WORK IN YOU. God is cheering you on! His goodness is aimed toward you. We are able to work out our salvation because it is God who is at work in us! As we commit to lay aside grumbling and instead speak God’s Word, we will have greater impact in a world that desperately needs Jesus.
PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You that You are at work in me. I shake off any heaviness and go into 2017 with a renewed commitment to do all things without murmuring or disputing. Help me to speak positive words that are creative and life-giving. Put a guard on my mouth that I am may not sin against You (Psalm 119:11). I love You, Jesus! Amen.
To restrain, check, or control.
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