|“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 …” Philippians 2:12 “In addition to having a mind submitted to the will of the Father, Paul says that another key to joy is to work out your salvation. Notice he doesn’t say, ‘Work for your salvation’, or ‘Work on your salvation.’ He says, ‘Work out your salvation.’ What does it mean to work out one’s salvation? It’s like going to the YMCA — it means you exercise it and strengthen it. …What’s God working in your heart? What’s He calling you to do? …” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.” James 3:1
Scripture singles out people in positions of leadership for greater accountability. You notice, when reading the Old Testament, that during the theocracy God judged the nation based on the behavior of the people: “And the children did evil in the sight of the Lord.”422 During the monarchy, God judged the nation based on the behavior of the king: “Ahaziah did evil in the sight of the Lord and provoked to anger the Lord God of lsrael.”423 When the people wanted a king and God allowed them to place their king between them and God, He held the people accountable for the behavior of their king. The king was no longer a private citizen, but the representative of the people. God judged accordingly.
Jesus warned, ‘To whom much is given, much is required,’424 a truth applicable not only to your possessions, but also to the authority or position given you by God. People seek advantage in this world while at the same time try to avoid accountability. The whole of Scripture warns that this cannot be. Paul says that if a man desires to be a bishop he covets a good work.425 So if you seek leadership in the church for the proper reasons, you seek good. But remember the admonition of James. God holds to a higher standard those in positions of leadership.
422 Judges 3:7
Ezekiel 40-41 2 Peter 3 (New King James Version)
2 Peter 3
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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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