Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
The last time we learnt that we have been saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus. However, our souls must be progressively transformed by God’s word till be behave like Jesus. This renewal or training of the soul is the salvation–the salvation of your soul–that God wants you to be actively involved in. It involves studying God’s word under the leadership of the Holy Spirit is your responsibility. God will not read your bible for you. You have to be disciplined enough to study your bible, pray and act on the word of God. God want you to be very serious about it as a mark of reverence for him. (Phil 2:12). We are to give all diligence to and be actively involved in this process because we reverence God who wants us to change our character from that of the devil to His own.
When you study God’s word and notice something wrong in your character or behavior, you don’t need to struggle. Just decide do the right thing. Declare that that wrong habit is dead and cannot exist in you for you are a new creature. Decide to do right never to walk in that old way. Every child of God now you has the ability to say no to sin because “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Gal 5:24). God’s power is made available to you, use it (2Pet. 1:3).
For example, if you notice that you tell lie and God’s word says to speak the truth always, all you have to do is to believe that the old life of lying is dead from you and that the life of God that does not lie but speak the truth only is in you. Then start declaring this word. Start saying “The life of God is in me. I lie not. The Spirit of truth is in me. I speak the truth always. My lips are sanctified. I cannot tell lies. I speak the language of God and not of the devil”
Declare that you speak the truth always decide to stand for the truth. As you make such Declarations, you are activating the spirit of faith (2Cor 4:13); and you know, our faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1John 5:4). As you activate the Spirit of faith, you are activating your victory over lusts and resultant sin. When the temptation to sin comes, you will fell the strength to resist. Now that is where many Christians fail. They give up a foothold. Never give the devil a chance. Declare the word instantly. Speak out,” I’m a new creature. The life of God is in me. I don’t lie. If a person was enticing you, speak those words directly at him just as Jesus rebuked Peter when the devil tried to used him to disuade Jesus from His goal. As you you do, you’d experience Victory.
Thank God because you are saved not by works but by grace
Thank God for giving you the instrument to transform your character
Ask God for grace to work out the salvation of your soul with fear and trembling
Ask for grace to study and do our act on His word
Declare as follows:
The life of God is in me I lie not.
The Spirit of truth is in me. I speak the truth always.
My lips are sanctified. I cannot tell lies.
I speak the language of God and not of the devil. I have crucified the flesh and the lust thereof.
The seed of God is in me, I sin not
Pray for God’s Church and me too.