Nov. 6, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:13 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:13 Mean?

Philippians 2:13 (NIV): for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Today, Paul gives us the secret to working out our salvation. You were never meant to do this on your own. 

Thank God, Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit to help you. 

Be sure to listen to the end, because today, you might just experience a transformed heart.

Listen now!


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In Philippians 2 verse 12, Paul exhorts believers in Philippi to work on their salvation with reverence and humility. In verse 13 Paul tells us how to do this when he says, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

This verse indicates God’s continual work within us in two important areas. Number 1, in our will, or desire to do what is right in God’s eyes, and two, in our actions. The word here for “action” in Greek means energy. God gives you the energy or passion to do what is right.  

You may recall that Philippians 1 verse 6 tells us that GOD will complete what he began in you. It is God who empowers you to want to work out your salvation. He gives you the desire to want to obey Him. Just the fact that you are listening to these Simple Truths because you want to know God more tells you that you are hearing from God. You want to do it. You want to please Him. 

Do you remember your life before you were saved? You wanted to do what you wanted; not what God wanted.  

So, what changed? When you made the decision to follow Christ, the Holy Spirit immediately took up residence within you. And it is the Spirit who equips you with passion and energy to follow God’s will and carry it to completion. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: Right now, God is moving within your spirit giving you the desire to fulfill his purpose in your life AND the energy and passion to do it. But can I ask you a simple question? Are you having trouble finding delight in God right now? I invite you to examine your heart, and ask God, “Am I really delighting in You, God? Or am I delighting in the world instead?” And then listen for God’s response. Today, you might just experience God transforming the desires of your heart.

Hey, have a blessed weekend. I’ll see you soon!