Do you ever feel unmotivated, sad, or depressed about your life? Things aren’t terrible, exactly, but they aren’t great either. Does it seem like, after all the “minor” repairs nickel and dime your checkbook, you just can’t seem to get ahead? Oh and then your family, who feels slighted because you work too much. And work! Don’t even get me started on work. Then the attitudes of your teenagers or…the list goes on and on. Wow, after a while the stress can get to a person. (Just like I tried to illustrate in my last post, Soft Sister Mary and Sour Sister Sue.)
Today, I’d like to take the context of our last few verses in Philippians and break it down, but first I have a question for you.
Is it hard to believe God gave us a way out of all this struggle?
Let’s look at our verse today. We’re on Phil. 2:15.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Wow. That is a tall order. Blameless? Harmless? Without rebuke? How are we supposed to live in this crooked world without getting some of it’s crookedness on us? How many of us have secret sins that we wouldn’t tell anyone about, much less God? How many of us hold on to fears and phobias till they control our lives? How many times can we say we didn’t envy our neighbor, look at his stuff and say ooh that is so unfair. It’s impossible! Right?
I love God’s word, don’t you.
Here is where the spark happens. Let’s go back two verses so we can see the context of today’s verse.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” vs.13
We know from two posts ago that our gift of Holy Spirit is very powerful. It is one gift with nine manifestations or ways to use it. Think of a swiss army knife with 9 different tools. They all do different things but they are part of one knife. God works in us, energizes in us, the three inspiration manifestations, to will, by way of word of knowledge, word of wisdom and discerning of spirits, to do, healings, faith, and miracles.
The next verse is. “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” vs. 14.
Does that all mean ALL things in life, or is that all with a distinction of what “things?” “All” means, all the things from verse 13. What are those? The nine manifestations. Inspiration, of God’s will and then doing God’s will for His good pleasure. Then, then, THEN we will be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. Then we will shine as lights among the world.
Our gift of Holy Spirit is irrevocably tied to the spark and shine in our life.
Every area of our lives shine with that effervescent glow of God’s good pleasure, because we do as He wills without arguing and complaining. Whether that be a prayer, encouragement, speaking in tongues over a situation, a healing, a miracle or just gaining word of wisdom and knowledge about something. What if God asked me to kick out a devil spirit, and I complain about it? Well let me ask this, would I stop a giant bully from picking up my little child and shaking him like a rag doll? To complain and murmur would be like I’m arguing with my husband and complaining about having to protect my child. How ridiculous is that?? But God takes it a step further. He says all things. He asks that we do All the things He needs without a fuss. Why? Because He knows what’s best for us.
“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:3-4
When we partake in the divine nature we escape the corruption of this world.
What corruption? Sin, sickness, disease, discouragement. Oh my! The list goes on and on and on. God gave us all kinds of things to do. We all have to do something. God called us to HIS Glory and Virtue in 2 Peter 1:3. “Glory” is the word in Greek doxa, meaning splendor and divine excellence. “Virtue” is the Greek word aretē which is unique and separated superiority in an excellent way, or excelling excellence.
WOW!! We shine like shooting stars. We are fireworks for God and we don’t go out. We keep traveling at mach seven accomplishing all God’s good and perfect will, with divine splendor and EXCELLING excellence! He gave us that. He made that available. Why do we doubt what God has put inside us? Why do we sell our potential short by allowing condemnation in or fear in? Our abundant life includes everything pertaining to life AND godliness. WHO among us will take this challenge and go super nova? Who will shine with me? Who will let God’s divine spark change everything?
God bless YOU today!
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