By Allen White
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13
Christians debate whether God’s initiative or a person’s initiative causes them to be saved. It’s really two sides of the same coin. Philippians points out that we work (2:12) and God works (2:13). If there is no cooperation between a person and God, salvation is not going to happen.
How do we know what to “work out”? According to this verse, God gives us two things: the desire and the power. Do you have a desire to do what pleases God? If you don’t, then you need to consider whether you truly belong to God. Please understand, I am not saying this to be harsh. If I didn’t care about you, I wouldn’t have brought this up. If there is no desire to please God, then you should carefully examine where you are with Him.
You can’t manufacture that desire, but you can ask God for it. When God gives you the desire, He will also give you the power. So many people run out of steam in trying to please God. But, who said you need to provide the steam? God gives us the power to accomplish what pleases Him. Ask and you will receive.
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