Be Strong

beStrongPhilippians 2:12 – 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 with fear and trembling.

A lot of people like to take this verse and try to get it to say that we have to work for our salvation or that we need to work to maintain our salvation, but that isn’t what it saying at all. Look at it carefully. “Work out” your salvation, exercise it, do something with it, put it to work.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of working out, which if you were to see me, would be obvious. But, in spite of that, bodily exercise does have it’s benefits: you lose weight, you have energy, you get stronger and you look and feel better. Well, spiritual exercise does the same thing. When we think about exercising our salvation, our faith and putting them to work there are benefits that come with it.

Here are some things to think about when you exercise your faith.

I.  Benefits of Working Out:

  • A.  You Get Strong– 1 Corinthians 16:13, Joshua 1:6-7,
    1. When you are strong, you won’t get beat down so easily. The bully can’t bet the upper hand as easily.
      Ephesians 6:10, 1 Peter 5:8-10, Philippians 4:13
  • B.  You Feel Good
    1. When you feel good, you want to do things
      James 1:2, Psalm 40:16
  • C.  You have energy
    Isaiah 40:31, 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • D.  You lose weight
    Hebrews 12:1

    1. When you are heavy, it’s harder to move and it’s harder to stay the distance.
      Matthew 11:28, Colossians 3:5-10

II. The Disadvantages of Working Out (Not really disadvantages, but they do make working out harder).

  • A.  You have to change things. You have to change your routine or your way of thinking.
    Romans 12:1-2, Romans 13:11-14
  • B.  Sometimes you have to go someplace different or hang out with different people than you have in the past – away from home and those things that will cause you to fail.
    Philippians 3:13-14, Proverbs 4:14-15
  • C.  For exercise to be effective, you have to stay with it. 2 Timothy 4:7, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

III.  Work Out – Exercise your faith – Put your faith to work.

Look at I Timothy 4:8 – For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Put your faith to work, not for your salvation, but for the glory of God.

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