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July 22, 2022 — The Really Important Thing About Being Deceived

“I was in Centerville the other day,” Stan commented. “I drove over to talk with the pastor of the community church to see how his discipleship class is going.”

“How is it going?” I asked.

“Terrific,” Stan replied. “And the pastor shared with me what they were going to discuss in the next class, something about four words he thought make all the difference.”

“Four words that make all the difference?” I repeated. “What four words?”

“The ones that James wrote in his letter,” Stan said. “Do not be deceived.”

“Do not be deceived,” I repeated. “Seems to me that could be a huge subject that covers a lot of ground.”

“You’re right,” Stan replied, “but I also think that those four words are at the heart of whether or not a person’s faith walk can and will grow deeper as a disciple.”

I didn’t reply, so he continued. “Deception is what happened in the garden that caused all of the problems that Jesus came to take care of with His cross, and deception is what keeps happening today.”

“Satan loves to deceive,” I replied. “Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan said. “Satan is the deceiver and he loves, absolutely loves, to deceive.”

“And the solution is what?”

“Don’t let him do what he loves to do,” Stan replied with a smile. “Do not be deceived!”

“How?”

“Know the difference between his lies and God’s truth.”

“As simple as that?” I asked.

“As simple as that,” Stan replied. “But remember just because it’s simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy! It takes time and commitment to know the truth in order to recognize the lies and not be deceived.”

“Time and commitment,” I repeated. “Seems like that might be worthwhile.”

“Only ‘seems like’?” Stan asked. “Maybe that’s more deception!”

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Bible verses to consider:

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. James 1:16.

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:13.

Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived . . . . 1 Corinthians 6:9.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world . . . . 2 John 1:7.

For sin . . . deceived me, and through it killed me. Romans 7:11.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7.

If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for those who brought the truth to me (and me to the truth) so I could accept it and have the assurance of life eternally with you when it’s time. Thank you for the truth that is the opposite of the deception of the world, the flesh, and the devil. I ask you to help me in always pursuing the truth so I will not be deceived. Please help me in bringing the truth to others so they, too, will be free from the deception that wants to consume them. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of  Jesus, the One who is the truth.  Amen.

Think on this: Have you accepted the truth and rejected Satan’s deception so you know you will spend eternity in God’s presence when your time here is completed? If no, why? What is keeping you from accepting the truth and waking away from the deception of the world, the flesh, and the devil? If you do have the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing in keeping away from being deceived on this side of eternity? How are you doing in helping others to be free from deception? If you sense the need for change, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

July 23, 2022 — Refilling the Coffee Cup (Week of July 18, 2022)

Stan’s main takeaway for each day this past week.

The full version of each posting can be found at www.waiting4thetrain.com

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Monday, July 18 (Stumbling is a big deal) — Jesus had some tough words about things that cause us to stumble. Why?

Tuesday, July 19 (Avoiding the regret of being foolish) — Eternity is a long time to be separated from God. It can be avoided by not being foolish!

Wednesday, July 20 (Going home or elsewhere?) — Jesus healed a man who picked up his bed and went home. Did he do anything else? What about the rest of us who have been healed? What are we doing?

Thursday, July 21 (Dealing with a difficult person) — Some people can be difficult to deal with. How are we supposed to relate to them?

Friday, July 22 (The really important thing about being deceived) — Satan is in the business of deception. Always has been; always will be. What are we to do?

July 25, 2022 — A Spousal Prayer

“I was talking with a neighbor the other day,” Stan commented one morning while we waited for breakfast. “He told me something about his prayer life that really caused me to pause, think about, and want to apply to myself.”

“What’s that?” I asked.

“He told me that every day he brings a prayer before God that he calls the ‘spousal prayer’.”

“The spousal prayer?” I replied. “I’ve heard of the Lord’s prayer and the disciples’ prayer, but I’m not sure I’ve heard of that. What’s it all about?”

“As my neighbor told me,” Stan replied, “each morning he prays and asks God for His help in being only the man and husband his wife needs and wants. And he adds to that prayer a request for help in being only the man and husband God can and will use for His purposes in his wife’s life and in their marriage.”

“Oh,” I replied. “That sounds like a good one that could be used by both spouses in a marriage. Being only who they are wanted and needed to be by the other person. And being only who God can and will use in the other person’s life.”

“And in their marriage,” Stan added.

“Sounds like that might really help in a marriage,” I commented. 

“Not only that,” Stan replied, “it has occurred to me that it’s a prayer that can and should be modified for every person God has brought and brings into my life.”

“That you will be only who God intends for you to be with that person?” I replied. “Is that it?”

“That’s it,” Stan said. “A simple prayer that can go a long way in helping me with all of my relationships.”

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Bible verses to consider:

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25.

Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time that you may devote yourselves to prayer, . . . 1 Corinthians 7:5.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you allow me to come before you in prayer. Please help me in praying only in accordance with your will. I know that it is your will that I be who you intend for me to be, doing what you have for me to do. Therefore, I pray and ask you to help me follow every step of your lead so I am the person I am wanted and needed to be by others, as well as the person you can and will use for your purposes in the lives of each person you bring into my life. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Do you pray to be the person God can and will use in accordance with His desire in all of your relationships? If yes, do you see a difference in your relationships? If you do not pray that prayer, can you see that it could make a difference? Would you like to see that difference in your relationships? What would that mean for you? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

July 26, 2022 — God’s Will on Earth. Let it Begin with Me

“I’m fairly sure we’ve talked about this before,” Stan began one morning, “but there are some things I think that are worth repeating.”

“And you’ve got one of those,” I said with a smile. “What’s up?”

“You know that part in Matthew’s gospel where Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray?” 

“A little,” I replied. “Isn’t that where once after Jesus had finished praying that one of the disciples came to Him and asked that He teach them how to pray?”

“That’s it,” Stan said. “Some people call it ‘The Lord’s Prayer,’ some call it ‘The Disciples’ Prayer,’ others refer to it as ‘The Our Father.’ Whatever it’s called, Jesus gave some fundamental instruction about approaching God the Father in prayer and in being open to His movement in a very personal way.”

“His movement in a personal way,” I repeated. “How so?”

“What I want to look at,” Stan replied, “is the part about praying that the Father’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

“What about it?”

“I like to add, ‘Beginning with me’,” Stan replied.

“Beginning with you?”

“Yeah,” he said. “I find that if I ask the Father for His will to be done here as it is in heaven, and if I surrender myself to Him so His will is done in and through me, a whole lot of good stuff happens!”

“That sounds kind of like praying like a disciple,” I replied.

“In what way?” Stan asked.

“If I get myself out of God’s way by denying myself, then take up what He has for me to take up, and then follow Him wherever He wants to lead, there’s more likelihood that His will is going to be done here on earth in and through me.”

“I think you’re right,” Stan replied. “That’s exactly why I like to pray this prayer and add, ‘beginning with me,’ when I ask for God’s will to be done here as in heaven.”

“It just occurred to me,” I commented in response, “that if everyone prayed that way, this world might be a whole lot better. You think that’s true?”

“Why don’t we give it a try!” Stan replied with a smile. “Sure can’t hurt.”

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Bible verses to consider:

And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1.

Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, that your will is done in heaven and that you want it done here on earth just as well.  I confess that there are too many times when I choose not for your will to be done in and through me because I want my will apart from yours to be done. Please forgive that foolishness and please help me to follow every step of your lead so that your will is done in and through me here on earth just as it is in heaven. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Do you know you will spend eternity in God’s presence and be able to observe firsthand His will being done in heaven? If no, why? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with God’s will being done in and through you on earth as it is in heaven? If you sense the need for change regarding God’s will being done how is that change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

July 27, 2022 — Praying Without Believing?

One morning while we waited for Ricky to bring our breakfast, Stan said, “I was reading in the Book of Acts the other day and had a good laugh!”

“A good laugh?” I responded. “About what?”

“Being amazed when God answers prayers, rather than expecting His answers,” he replied.

“Being amazed at answers rather than expecting them? Why did that make you laugh?”

“Well,” Stan said, “there’s a story about people in the early church who were praying for the apostle Peter, and when God answered their prayers they responded just like I do sometimes, and it made me laugh to think I’m no different. I pray without really believing that God is going to answer.”

“Pray without believing that God is going to answer your prayers?” I said. “You do that?”

“Sorry to have to admit that,” Stan replied, “but, yeah, sometimes I do.”

I didn’t respond, so he continued. “Peter had been locked up in jail and it looked like he might be executed. Some people in the church were praying for him. When, by nothing other than God’s movement in answer to their prayers, Peter showed up and knocked on their door, the people were amazed.”

“So they didn’t really expect God to answer their prayers,” I commented. “Is that it?”

“Maybe some of them did,” Stan said, “I don’t know. But what I do know is that when the people in their amazement finally realized that God had answered their prayers, it probably changed forever their perspective on praying. And it’s to be the same for me.”

“How so?”

“Pray in accordance with God’s will and expect that He will answer,” Stan replied. “Not pray halfheartedly and then be amazed when He answers.”

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Bible verses to consider:

(The full story of Peter’s release from jail is in Acts of the Apostles 12:1-15.)

But Peter continued knocking and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed. Matthew 12:16.

And Jesus said to him, “If You can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and began saying, “I believe; help my unbelief.” Mark 9:23-24.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, that you do answer prayer. I confess that too often I pray to you without really believing you will answer. Please forgive that foolish way of coming to you in prayer. Please help me in praying only in accordance with your will with the absolute expectation that you will answer. Please, Father, help my unbelief. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this:  Have you ever prayed without any real expectation that God would answer? If so, what was that all about? If that’s how you prayed and God answered your prayer, what was your response? Were you amazed? Did it change how you pray? Would you like to pray with the absolute expectation that God is going to answer? If so, how is that going to happen?

July 28, 2022 — Just Because you call it “Urgent,” does that make it Important?

“I’m not sure I ever mentioned this to you before,” Stan said, “but I want to thank you for being ready to focus on what we have to talk about each time we get together.”

“You’re certainly welcome, Stan,” I replied, “but I’m not sure why you say that?”

“The fact you leave your cell phone turned off during our time together,” he responded.

Continuing, he added, “This came vividly to mind the other day when I was meeting with someone else who had said he wanted to get together to talk about his faith walk, but he was constantly looking at his phone. He said he was waiting for an urgent email, text message, or something like that.”

“That certainly can be distracting,” I commented.

‘You got that right,” Stan said. “Distracting and downright annoying! After the fellow did that several times, I told him to either look at the phone or talk with me, but he couldn’t do both.”

“How’d he take that?” I asked.

“He objected,” Stan replied, “but I was firm and told him I considered our time together to be important, but that if he thought that what he called an urgent email, text, or whatever should take priority, then that was his choice and that he could go do that somewhere else.”

“That was kind of tough wasn’t it?” I replied.

“Maybe,” Stan said, “but it’s in essence the same thing the Holy Spirit says to me all of the time.”

“How so?”

“When I’m confronted with the choice between what I think is urgent and what God thinks is important, I have to make a choice.”

“And,” he continued, “the Holy Spirit often shows me that what I call urgent is just another way of avoiding the first step of discipleship.”

“The first step of discipleship?” I asked. “You mean denying self?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied. “It’s like I exalt rather than deny self when I don’t consider what the Holy Spirit has for me to be always more important than something apart from Him that I call urgent. What I want apart from God, regardless of how urgent I call it, is to never outweigh what God has and wants for me.”

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Bible verses to consider:

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24-25.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for your provision of life eternally with you when my time here is completed. Thank you, too, for all you have for me while you keep me on this side of eternity. I confess that too often I consider what I want to do apart from you to be more important than what you have for me to be and to do for you and your kingdom. Please forgive that foolishness. And please, Father, help me to follow every step of your lead so I always consider what you have for me to be of more importantance than anything I want to do apart from you. Lead me and help me to follow. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you made the decision to spend eternity in God’s presence when your time here is completed? If no, why? Do you not see it as urgent? Do not be deceived; it is urgent because you never know when your time here will be completed and it’s time to step into eternity. If you are a Christian, do you agree that there is nothing more important than being who and doing what God intends for you? Why or why not? If you sense the need for change in what you consider important or urgent apart from God, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

July 29, 2022 — Hoping for a very Small One!

“You remember what Jesus said about the camel and the eye of the needle?” Stan asked me one morning.

“Kind of,” I replied. “Didn’t He say something about it being easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to get into God’s kingdom?”

“He did,” Stan said. “And it seems there’s been a lot of discussion about what Jesus meant, whether it was an actual needle, a gate in Jerusalem called the ‘Eye of the Needle,’ or something else.”

“In any event,” he continued, “last night I was talking to one of my neighbors who seems to be quite wealthy and he said something about this that I found quite amusing.”

“What’s that?”

“He said that he hopes Jesus was talking about a special breed of camel that is really tiny, so small that one could easily pass through the eye of a literal needle!”

“I don’t think that’s what Jesus was talking about,” I replied.

“Me neither,” Stan said, “but it does raise the point of how difficult it is for a rich person to surrender all for the sake of God and His kingdom.”

“Kind of like the guy referred to as ‘the rich young ruler’,” I replied.

“That’s right,” Stan said. “When Jesus told him what he needed to do in order to inherit eternal life, to sell everything, give to the poor, and follow Jesus, he couldn’t bring himself to do it. He thought he was too rich, not realizing that Jesus could have taken care of everything if the rich young guy would have chosen to be a disciple who followed Jesus.”

“The Bible seems to have a lot to say about money, wealth, riches, and the like,” I commented. “Didn’t the apostle Paul write something about money being evil?”

“He wrote about money and evil, but I think he had it right when he said it’s the love of money that is the root of all sorts of evil.”

“The love of it, rather than the actual money?”

“That’s it,” Stan replied.  “Even people who don’t have any money can love it and do whatever they need to do to get it. That love can certainly lead to all sorts of evil.”

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Bible verses to consider:

And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24.

Jesus said to him, “if you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property. Matthew 19:21-22.

For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. 1 Timothy 6:10.

Prayer: Thank you, Father, for all you have provided for me: life eternally with you when it’s time, the eternal life of knowing you and Jesus on this side of eternity, and all of the material possessions you allow me to enjoy and want me to share with others. I confess that too often I do not use what you have provided the way you intend. Please forgive that foolish self-centeredness. And please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead so I use your resources only as you intend. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you accepted God’s provision for spending eternity in His presence when it’s time? If no, why? It’s the greatest and richest blessing you could ever hope for! If you are a Christian, how are you doing with the treasures that have been given to you on this side of eternity? Are you laying up treasure in heaven rather than hoarding earthly treasure here? If you sense the need for change in how you view and utilize what God provides, how is that change going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

July 30, 2022 — Refilling the Coffee Cup (Week of July 25, 2022)

Stan’s main takeaway for each day this past week.

The full version of each posting can be found at www.waiting4thetrain.com

Note: Feel free to forward this to friends, family, etc. as a way to introduce them to Stan,  S. Tory Teller, and the conversations about faith, discipleship, and what it means to be a Christian. 

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Monday, July 25 (A spousal prayer) — How to help our relationships by praying to be who and what others need and want us to be.

Tuesday, July 26 (God’s will on earth. Let it begin with me) — What a difference it would make if each one of us was committed to God’s will being done in and through us here as it is in heaven.

Wednesday, July 27 (Praying without believing?) — The early church did it. We do it. Why do we sometimes pray without really believing God will answer?

Thursday, July 28 (Just because you call it “urgent,” does that make it important?) — There are a lot of things we call “urgent” that we allow to take precedence over what God considers important. Why?

Friday, July 29 (Hoping for a very small one!) — Camels going through eyes of needles. We are to give all to God (including self as a disciple) for His purposes. Easy? Not so much!

August 1, 2022 — Speaking Up Rather than being Silent

“You ever think about silence?” Stan asked while we waited for breakfast.

“Think about silence?” I replied. “What’s there to think about?”

“Lots of things,” he said. “Just the other day, for example, I was thinking about some of the common expressions about silence, and how at least one of them is not true in one very important context.”

“What kind of expressions?” I asked.

“Well,” he replied, “how about the one that ‘children should be seen and not heard’?”

“Probably first spoken by some curmudgeon,” I commented.

“Could be,” Stan said, “but how about the expression, ’Silence is golden’?”

“Silence is golden,” I repeated. “I suppose there are times when it’s better not to say anything. In fact, I remember my mom telling me more than once that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”

“That kind of silence certainly could be golden,” Stan said, “and there’s a lot of people who probably should practice that.”

“Along this line,” he continued, “the other day I was reading in the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome and was reminded of the importance of not being silent when I’m supposed to speak up.”

“The importance of not being silent?” I replied. “How so?”

“You may remember,” Stan said, “that the apostle Paul pointed out that faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.”

“So?”

“In order for people to hear, other people have to speak, not be silent. Had no one ever spoken  to me the truth of God’s provision of salvation, how would I have heard about it and been able to accept it?”

“I can see that,” I replied. “Same thing with me. Someone broke the silence and spoke the truth. I heard it, accepted it, and I’ve never looked back.”

Continuing, I added, “Maybe that’s why the Christian population is not as great as it should be.  Maybe too many Christians are being silent when they should speak up.”

“And,” Stan added, “maybe that’s why the world is the way it is. Why don’t we try speaking up, rather than being silent, and see if we can make a difference?!”

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Bible verses to consider:

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.

Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:13-15.

This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Galatians 3:2.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for the truth of your provision of life eternally with you when my time here is done. Thank you, too, for the truth of what you have for me to be and to do as I walk ever more closely with you on this side of eternity. Thank you for those who brought me to the truth and the truth to me. I confess that too often I am silent and I do not speak the truth of your provision to others so they have the opportunity to accept it. Please forgive that foolishness. Help me follow every step of your lead so I do not stay silent, but speak the truth to others, so it can and will make a difference in their eternal destination and in their lives on this side of eternity. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Think on this: Have you heard and accepted the truth so you know you will spend eternity in God’s presence when it’s time? If so, it’s because someone presented the truth to you, probably by speaking. If you’ve heard the truth and have not accepted it, why? What’s holding you back? If you are a Christian, how are you doing with not being silent about speaking the truth so others can hear it, accept it, and have their lives and eternal destination changed? If you sense the need to not be silent, but to speak up, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

August 2, 2022 — Time to Move On?

“You ever wonder why some Christians mature in their faith,” Stan asked one morning, “while others don’t?”

“I’m not sure,” I responded. “I suppose it might have something to do with discipleship. What do you think?”

“What I think,” Stan said, “is that your supposition is correct except that it’s more than ‘might.’ I think it has everything to do with discipleship  Actually, with the lack of discipleship.”

“Everything?”

“Yeah,” Stan replied. “Coming to faith is, of course, a fabulous thing, but it’s only the beginning.”

“Beginning of what?”

“Being a Christian.” Stan said. “Seems to me that becoming a Christian is really no different than becoming a human being. When we are born, that’s the beginning of a life of growing. Same thing when we are born again as a Christian. That’s the beginning of a new life that’s to consist of continual growth.”

“For how long?”

“Until our time here is completed,” Stan replied. “Until we get on the train.”

“So,” I said, “it’s supposed to be a train full of disciples. Is that it?”

“Well,” Stan said, “it seems to me that’s what God would like most, that every Christian would be a disciple, but that’s not the way it is. The train will be full of Christians and some of them will be disciples.”

“Some, but not all? Why?”

“That question takes us right back to the beginning,” Stan said with a smile. “Not all because too many are stuck on conversion, they haven’t done anything with their Christianity. They haven’t moved beyond conversion.”

“Moved on beyond conversion,” I repeated. “You mean like they haven’t moved on to transformation? If that’s what you mean, that seems like a huge subject.”

“Huge indeed,” Stan said. “‘Huge’ as in a whole lifetime of pursuing discipleship.”

“If it’s to be a whole lifetime for every Christian,” I commented, “it looks like there might be a lot of people who probably should get a move on!”

“‘Looks like’ and ‘probably’?” Stan replied. “I think it’s more certain than that!”

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Bible verses to consider:

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2.

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for your provision of life eternally with you when my time here is completed. Thank you, too, that you want me to be a Christian on this side of eternity before then. I confess that too often I do not surrender all of me to what you have for me, I do not take up what you have for me to take up, and I do not follow as you intend. I do that because I choose to not be a daily disciple. Please forgive that foolishness. And please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead in working out the salvation that you have worked in through the cross of Christ so you can and will make a difference in and through me for you and your kingdom. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: Have you accepted God’s free and gracious gift of life with Him eternally when your time here is completed? If no, why? What’s in the way? If you are a Christian, how are you doing with working out the salvation that was worked in by the cross? If you sense you are too often “stuck on conversion” and there is a need for change, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?