Phillipians 2:12-16 AMP 12 Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, [a]with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).
13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [b]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and [c]delight.
14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [[d]against God] and [e]questioning and doubting [among yourselves],
15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,
16 Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.
I have found the secret to “doing all things without grumbling, faultfinding and complaining....” is to be mindful of the presence of God. I love His presence and when He is grieved and leaves me to myself momentarily, I know it. Its like my world fades from full color into black and white.
Giving God constant input into my thoughts and authority to filter my words as a woman has been challenging! But it is been one of the most rewarding disciplines I have chosen to engage in.
I love walking hand in hand with Jesus. I love His sweet grace and His bountiful joy. I don’t want to live without Him one moment. But He wont take over, it’s not His nature. He is patiently waiting for my agreement and my cooperation, and that begins in my heart and is laid bare by my words.
Let’s speak Life......Let’s give Life....today
Love in Him,