|“Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48
“The world says, the more you have the more blessed you are. God says, the more you have the more accountable you are. You can understand why the world thinks this way; they don’t think of eternal accountability, measuring success only by what they can accrue in this life. If the Word of God is true, however, there will be a day of reckoning in which all will be judged, not on the basis of how much they accrued in this life, but on the basis of what they did with what they had and why they did it.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13
The follower of Jesus Christ must be passive and active, dependent and disciplined. Faith must be active, never passive, and yet “except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.419 God will never do for you what you can do for yourself, but what you cannot do for yourself, He will do. If the work of sanctification belonged solely to God, the admonitions to self-control and discipline would be superfluous. Therefore, if you do not “work out your own salvation,” you will be lost. Obedience is a key component in your walk with God.
Sanctification, however, cannot be accomplished by human means. You are dependent upon God to do it. He promises you that He resides in you “both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Paul asked, “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”420 Regeneration, from start to finish, is the work of God. He begins it in salvation and completes it in sanctification.
This means that you will never experience a time when you are not dependent upon the Lord to complete His work in you, and you will always remain responsible for being His obedient, faithful, and dependent servant. If you let go of either truth you will abort the sanctification process.
419 Psalm 127:1
Ezekiel 35-36 2 Peter 1 (New King James Version)
2 Peter 1
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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