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Work Out Your Salvation with Fear and Trembling

February 1, 2020


Work Out Your Salvation  with Fear  and Trembling

Some people  are of the opinion  that they can lead  a rather  “free-styled”  life,  and that God will forgive them  if they just pipe up  a quick and flippant,  “Sorry!”      But,  the problem is  that such an attitude  does not show love,  faith,  or respect for our Creator and Redeemer.      If we are honestly sorry  for our sins,  it will show  in our hearts,  actions  and tone of voice.     Honesty,  in the core  of our being,  is the key.      We need to face the facts.      Our salvation  is not just some fairy tale  or myth.

It is because  Jesus suffered and died  for our sins — and because  Jesus is right now  highly exalted  by all  who are in heaven,  that we,  too,  need to be  highly exalting Him  in sincerity  and truth.      What Jesus did  for us  is what is  impossible for us,  no matter how hard  we try.      We don’t stand a chance  of entering heaven  by our own efforts.

That is why  Jesus more than deserves  our deepest respect  and honor — at all times — not just  when we have another problem  to solve.      Because of the tremendous love and power  Jesus has shown  on our behalf,  we should all  humbly bow before Him — knowing  that without Him,  we are eternally lost  and doomed.      That is a serious reality.      We can’t live  in la-la land  forever.

The truth is  that we need to realize — at all times — just how filthy  and lost we are,  and how almighty  God’s love and salvation are  on our behalf.      Without Jesus,  we are dead.      With Jesus  as our Savior  we have eternal life.      That deserves  humble respect.      Therefore,  Paul instructed  in Philippians 2:12,

Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Absolutely nobody  can work their way  to heaven.      But,  we can examine our lives  every day  to see  if we are showing God  the respect  and honor  that is due  to His holy name.      As we keep  an honest eye  on our attitude  and action,  we will be  working out  our salvation  with fear and trembling  —  with a deep respect  and truth.

Rejoicing  in God’s faithful love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  all honor,  power,  and dominion  surely belong  to You.”




A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods



Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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