“In Philippians 2:12–13, Paul presents the appropriate resolution between the believer’s part and God’s part in sanctification. Yet he makes no effort to rationally harmonize the two. He is content with the incomprehensibility and simply states both truths, saying, in effect, that, on the one hand, sanctification is of believers (v. 12) and on the other hand, it is of God (v. 13).”
One of the things we must do daily to work out our own salvation is as “simple” as stop complaining!
Read carefully verse 14,
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning”
When we live in discontentment we are definitely more prone to grumble all day and question every thing that comes to our lives.
When we stop giving thanks to God we start to look at all the circumstances around us with a bittered spirit and we then stop growing in grace; and instead, we start to grow more impatient with our husband, children, parents, etc.
The next verse ties this up with strong cords…
What is OUR MOTIVE for not grumbling and questioning everything around us?
The only acceptable motive is this: A strong desire to please a Holy God; to be blameless and innocent before Him.
Seems like an impossible thing? Yes, it is impossible for the unregenerate, but the children of God have hope; we can pursue a life without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. We have hope because God is still at work in us, and because when everything around us seem to be shaking and falling apart we can hold fast to the Word of Life and not perish. What a wonderful news this is! O how, my heart leaps for joy!
Now I want to share a few notes to ENCOURAGE you to memorize a whole book of the Bible…
1. It takes time, but NO more than you would think; no more than the time it takes you to visit few blogs, or check facebook… so, if that is what you need to leave on the side in order to pursue this great blessing, do it!
2. Carry it around. It is great to have the book you are memorizing printed and pasted in a Moleskine because you can carry it around all day, everywhere. Timmy Brister has put together Philippians and Ephesians for this purpose.
3. Write it down. My friend Anne, who is also memorizing Philippians suggested this to me, and it has proved to be a great help. I have a journal fr that purpose and I try to write from memory several times the verses or chapters several times. (at least once a day).
4. Mutter it all day long. While cooking, folding laundry, driving.. fill your mind, your heart with the Word; meditate on it day and night and you’ll see how much your speech and thoughts will change!
5. Study it. This is a very important and profitable thing to do; buy a commentary of the book you will be memorizing and study it along. I study the comments on the verses I will be memorizing that day as part as my devotions. This not only helps me to get the most of the book, but it also helps me remember the verse. As I repeat it during the day, word by word, slowly so I won’t skip a word here and another one there, I know the meaning of those words, I understand the context and the purpose of those verses more clearly. For this purpose I bought the Journible that corresponds to the book of Philippians, and I copy the verses I have memorized and on the left pages, I jot down the notes from the commentary I am studying. (Read more of the Journibles here and here)
6. Be transformed by it. Let the Word change YOU!
Because I really want to encourage you to start this wonderful discipline of memorizing whole books of the Bible; I want to give away the Journible for you to start copying and jotting down your study notes.
*Just leave a comment here and be willing to DO IT (memorize any epistle, or any other book that has a Journible to accompany it see the options here just mention which Jounible you would like to have).
* Please, don’t sign in if you plan to put this in a dusty bookshelf 🙂 (Only US, Canada and Mexico, please. If you live in a different country than these, and you own a Kindle, you can participate also… I will give you something else but related!)
* If you are already memorizing Philippians and would like to participate, you are more than welcome to do so!
* You can invite friends you think might be interested in memorizing the Scriptures to participate in this giveaway. Feel free to pass the voice around!
I will choose a winner next Saturday, March 5… be sure to come back then!
Under His Sun,
I wish I could look into your eyes and say, go to Him, go to Him… when we are weak He is strong. When we don't know what to say in prayer, He knows our hearts. When we feel as if He were far away, He is not. Seek Him earnestly, drink from the Word.
I pray for you today that He will draw you close to Him.
A Journible is just a little notebook, like a journal to copy the Bible books. Click on the word journible on the post and it will take you to the store where I bought mine. BUT you certainly DO NOT need one! You can use any journal, or notebook you have at hand.
It will be a joy to share this journey with you!
I went down a rabbit trail as I perused sewing/crafting blogs and somehow came to yours. How good God is to direct me down the correct trail. After loving to read and study God's Word for most of my adult life, I have stumbled into a dry and arid desert, spiritually. I feel no desire to pray, go to church or bible study or read my Bible. As I read in your blog I began to experience a bit of excitement to do this thing; memorize Titus. I have been tending to 4 sick adults and 1 sick child, and I homeschool my kids; I know I am burnt out but can't find a way out. My attention span has been reduced to that of a 3 yr old by fatigue and responsibility and business has insinuated itself between me and my Lord. Thank you for the inspiration to renew my relationship with Him. I have no idea what a Journible is…do I need one to participate? If so, then thank you for that also. You are an answer to the prayers that I have not even been able to pray. I plan to visit your blog every morning to discover all that is there. Hopefully my renewed love for Him will give me the joy it once did. I have not lost my faith, only my joy in it.
>Definitely count me in! I decided early on this year would be the year of lots of Scripture memorization. I've been LOVING memorizing Philippians and definitely want to jump right into another book right afterward! Thanks so much for doing this!
>Becky!I'm not afraid of commitment. 🙂 I've been wanting a journible for so long now! Thank you for this great giveaway. Love and hugs!
>I first saw the journibles late last year. Since then the Romans one has been on my wish list. Please count me in! God bless you for your generosity 🙂
>Count me in! I'm doing the memorization as well and haven't seen the journibles yet. I'd love to give it a whirl.Thanks for sharing! 😉