Episode 48 – Things Won’t Work Out Until You Work Out

Episode 48 we talk about working out your salvation. We put so much effort into trying to get things to work out, but put no effort towards the only thing we should really be trying to work out…our salvation. That means we are working out our faith so that God can begin to work in us. Hopefully this helps people take a load off…rest…and foucs on what matters. Not people, not situations…just working out the only thing that will make things work out. Enjoy.

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Things Won’t Work Out Until You Work Out

Main Scripture: Philippians 2:12-13

Part 1: it won’t work out because you won’t work out (Phil 2:12)

12 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,

Definition: work out in greek is katergazomai (kat-er-gad’-zom-ahee)

: effect by labor, achieve, work out, bring about, to do that from which something results

real work yields results (Philippians 1:22)

If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.

the work of salvation is the work of god (John 6:27-29) 

27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

the work of god is the work of faith (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

it’s not working out because you’re always working (Matthew 11:28-29)

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

give it a rest (Hebrews 4:10-11)

10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

you have to work out correctly (Psalm 2:11) 

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

faith precedes fear (Mark 5:32-34) 

32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.

Part 2: it won’t work out because of what’s working in you (Phil 2:13)

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

i work in faith. god works in me. (Philippians 1:6)

6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

faith produces god, god produces fruit (Hebrews 6:4-9)

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. 9 Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.

your will and work is based on who you will let work (Luke 6:43-45)

43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn-bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

What is working is always evident (Galatians 5:19-21)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

what do you bear, produce and yield? (James 3:12)

Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

“Is there something wrong with a tree that has no fruit? No. Unless it’s SUPPOSED to. What are you supposed to be? Are you bearing, producing and yielding contrary to it?”

i don’t want will power, i want surpassing power (2 cor. 4:6-7)

6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

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