Wednesday, August 22, 2007

413 - Work it out, girl!!

Lord Jesus - one of my friends you have blessed incredibly! She has wanted to be on Survivor for forever!! She has sent in her tape and tried out every time since the first season. She is spunky DJ on a Christian station - I mean she is the real deal. We sparked up a friendship just as I was leaving Charlotte - I just hate when that kind of thing happens. We really connected and had a sweet bond. Well......................she has been selected for Survivor. She has taken some of the summer off without much explanation, but has been in China filming Survivor. I am so excited to see it. She is a fabulous girl and I know she will represent us, Christians, so well. I just talked with her yesterday over email and of course she could not say anything. I had told her I was so stinkin' excited for her I could hardly stand it. She responded that she was "so stinkin' excited too". Hee hee I am serious ya'll, she deserves something like this and will do great - i am not sure about playing the game and all, but as a Believers - she will do awesome!! Tune in for more! Go Leslie Nease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 91.9 WRCM is her station!

Yesterday went well in school. Kids loved their teachers and had a great time seeing old/new friends again. Elleigh and I had a productive day and a really fun one!! Today I am headed to Evansville for my yearly examine - joy! At least I get to see my good friend Lisa and chat for a minute maybe! The walls in the kitchen have been torn down, the ridge vent on the roof has been completed, the pad of concrete has been poured to lift the center of the house 2 inches, and the frame for the pocket door has been brought in to be installed. Things are happening!! Praise you, Lord. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity! It really is fun!! I had to make a "door" decision yesterday and that was fun!! And I have no idea what I am talking about!!!

This morning I am "stuck" on 2 verses and I am not real sure I get it just yet. Hopefully by the time I write all this out, or shall I say work it out, I will have some understanding! Phil. 2:12-13 says "12Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose."

First of all I want to be real clear that I know the Lord does not require us or even remotely ask us to work FOR our salvation. We see in this scripture that He is asking us to work out our salvation. We could never even come close to what would require for us to receive salvation based on a works thing! From what I have learned in the past and from what I can tell from other translations of the particular phrase, it means to keep on doing as God would have us to do with things of our salvation. That means having our quiet time, listening to the Spirit, responding to promptings, receiving and then applying the discipline to our lives, doing to others as we would have them do to us, honesty, integrity, following His plan, etc. That is working out your salvation. Just as I would work out my body - it is a gift and something that I SHOULD appreciate and take care of!!!!!!!! my salvation is a gift and something that should never be taken for granted and needs to be taken care of! Work it out, girl!!! TO His Glory!

The last part of the verse is the key though! "It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." So we are working it out or are we? It says it is God, not us, that works in me to will............. to will means "thelo" in the Greek as opposed to "boulomai". The latter means to will something to happen or even wish it to happen, but doing nothing about it. But our verb here , thelo, means to will or wish something to happen, but then putting forth action to see that it comes forth!! Oh wow!!! that is cool!! So my God wills my salvation to be worked out and then does something about it to see that it happens!! I like that!! Taking control away from me once again and explaining that He really is in control even when for a brief second I think that I am!! Nope, not gonna be - it is all HE!!!

"to act according to his good purpose" This is good too! To act is "energeo" - looks much - I like that!!! - to bring about, cause something to happen, set in motion...........................but what................... HIS GOOD PURPOSE. And what is His good purpose??? I thought you would never ask. It means that "what is morally good, not merely good to or PREFERRED by the subject". The things that bring Him pleasure and not necessarily what would bring ME pleasure. He sees the whole picture and can therefore see the total pleasure package where I might think it is pain!!! Oh Lord, I am in awe of you!! Your Word truly is life to me!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! I have an opportunity, possibly, that i need to know Your good pleasure on!! Please speak clearly and thank you in advance for being HUGE!!!!!!!!!!! I love you!!

PS - did i tell you I am going to stinkin' Alaska!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is near old Russia!!!! Soldata I think is the town, near the capital!! BRRRRRRRRRRR, cold already!! hee hee


jen said...

Survivor!! How exciting! I haven't watched much of the last few seasons but with one of our own out there, I'm for sure going to tune in! And wow, China, so cool.

Good good word this morning sister. In one of our classes at church we studied different types of religions and it shocked me how many believe that you do have to work, or earn, salvation. I think that is why it's so important to keep getting the truth out there. To free people from the fear of haveing to be "good enough" before God will accept them. When really He's never left us, and it is we who need only to accept Him. Seems so easy, but I guess that is why satan makes it so hard. Good stuff.

Nicki said...

That is to funny....I was JUST about to e-mail you and see if you had heard about Leslie! I'M SO EXCITED!!! WOW!! I can't wait....I'd better get my cable turned on though! =) Glad things are going well with the house, LOVE IT!!!! It looks like a fun FUN project! I know it will be awesome!! Have a great day!!