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Salvation Work Out
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Excel proficiently at doing good — but be completely elementary when it comes to doing evil. 


"Therefore my beloved, as you 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." [Philippians 2. 12] 


Our spiritual duties must be our own hearts actions; thus we must learn to walk and stand alone instead of leaning on other personal influences.  We are not told to work for our salvation, but "to work it out" — that is, to demonstrate its reality in our daily lives by obedience.  Our salvation must be received by grace only, and grace is free, through faith; not of works, or it is not true salvation.  "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the Gift of GOD, not of works, lest anyone should boast." [Ephesians 2. 8 - 9]   Works cannot keep our salvation any more than it can earn it.  It is not faith and works that saves us, but grace through faith


However, a CHRISTian believer can, by demonstration testify — "I will show you my faith by my works." [James 2. 18]   Good works consisting of a righteous and gracious life-style, considerate of others and obedient to the LORD Y’ESUS commandments are the visible evidences of salvation.  We have been "created in MESSIAH Y’ESUS unto good works, which GOD has before ordained that we should walk in them." [Ephesians 2. 10]  "Serve the LORD in awe (reverential, respectful fear); rejoice with trembling." [Psalms (Tehillym) 2. 11 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


On the basis of CHRIST JESUS' sacrificial death, glorious resurrection and exaltation [Philippians 2. 8-11] that "it is GOD WHO works in you both to will and to do HIS good pleasure." [Philippians 2. 13]   CREATOR GOD is enabling us to "work out" our salvation in visible practice, through the indwelling COMFORTER, the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD. 


It is appropriately striking that the life of a genuinely born-anew CHRISTian, possessing true salvation, should be "blameless and harmless sons of GOD…as lights in the world; holding forth the WORD OF LIFE." [Philippians 2. 15 – 16]   Inevitably (completely essential), we must "examine ourselves as to whether we be in the faith." [2 Corinthians 13. 5]   We are ever reminded that "we know that we know HIM, IF we keep HIS commandments." [1 John 2. 3]   And, "whoever does not practice righteousness is not of GOD, nor is he who does not love his brother." [1 John 3. 10]   But, with the LORD GOD in the center of our lives, the best, most exciting and joy-filled life is ours. . . even in this troubled world. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
The TORAH never looses its relevance. Growing spiritually is a life-long journey. The CREATOR LORD GOD. Wants a personal relationship with you and me. Our relationship is as real as we choose to make it. Fall in love with faith. HE is the ROCK of our salvation, HE wraps us in a robe of righteousness — thus shouts of victory and praise spring forth in HIS PRESENCE. I love YOU, LORD and I lift my voice to worship YOU.
Have an extremely joyous Sukkot, Day 6 of the Feast of Tabernacles. TEXT reading for the day, Numbers 29:29-31 


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness.  



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