It is God who works in you

both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Daily, a great encouragement for us is when we are aware that our very life consists of God working in us. Not us working for God, but God working in us. This is the very heart of what it means to walk with God, to abide in Christ.

We should always be aware that in the midst of our daily life, He is working in us to do His will: revealing and doing His will. This way, our life is a continuous unfolding of the will of God being revealed to us, and He performing His will in us as we obey in faith.

When we get up in the morning and we meet with God and commune with Him, our attitude should be: Father, what are you revealing in me today? What have you to say to me today concerning your will for me? What do YOU want to do in me and with me today?

And this is the whole meaning of all the passages in the NT which refer to church life and order, like 1 Cor. 14 and Ephesians 4. It reveals a people who understand that God is working in all His people: revealing His will to all, and doing His will thru all. We come together and share what God is working in us, and revealing in us and doing in us and with us.

5 Responses to “It is God who works in you”

  1. Sean Says:

    “We should always be aware that in the midst of our daily life, He is working in us to do His will”

    Amen. Knowing that really helps one to give thanks in all circumstances!

    “We come together and share what God is working in us, and revealing in us and doing in us and with us.”

    Which is LIFE. Which is also what is missing from most of the church today.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Yes bro, absolutely, it’s about the LIFE of Christ being expressed IN His Body, the church. Not about a better way to “do church”. I fear that many still approach church pragmatically: as to whether it will help them attain their perceived objectives.

    And we should never quit holding forth the word of LIFE to God’s people, who’ve been hijacked and sold a lemon concerning the church.

  3. Sean Says:

    “Yes bro, absolutely, it’s about the LIFE of Christ being expressed IN His Body, the church. Not about a better way to “do church”. I fear that many still approach church pragmatically: as to whether it will help them attain their perceived objectives.”

    Brother that’s really good. I know when most people come out of “traditional” churhes they are mainly looking for a better way to “do church” as you say. It take some time sometimes to get to the place where you realize, as you said, it’s about the life of Christ being expressed through His body and not just about form. It’s easy when you first come out to think that “form” will fix the problems that riddle most churches. It doesn’t take long to realize that it’s just as easy to recreate all that mess in home fellowships with open meetings if a real understanding of Christ life being expressed through his body is not understood.

    In saying all that..I know because the Lord took me through it.

  4. ian vincent Says:

    We too have been on a long journey out of Babylon.

    Yes, form can never substitute for life. And life can get restricted and bound by form.

    There is a general pattern, as is expressed in 1 Cor 14. As there are patterns for all of the Christian life right thru the NT.

    Even the God-ordained pattern in 1 Cor. 14 won’t “work” if there is not the life.

    But so many don’t even acknowledge the pattern, that it represents God’s order for His Church.

  5. ian vincent Says:

    Php 2:13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

    It is a very wonderful truth that God has His will and we have a will, and God works IN us and with our will so that our will lovingly and joyfully submits to His will : there is a marriage, quite mystical and can’t be fully explained with words. The end result of this work of God in us is that His will becomes our will.

    And even more, God can even cause the ungodly to do His will. He can even cause the devil to do His will.

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