“…work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12b-13
I was talking with one of my sons recently about his growing understanding of Resting, Sanctification, Sovereignty, and Philippians 1:6; 2:12, 13.
It is a wonderful thing to have children who believe in Christ as their Savior and Lord! I see my son struggle to achieve the balance of accepting and working, resting and doing, being sanctified and being sanctified. God has done all this for us (as true born again believers in Christ) and to us in eternity past. Now we are to daily live out the reality of what that is and means.
For example, I know that I am sanctified (1 Cor. 1:2, Heb. 10:10) I (like you) started out sinful (Psalm 51:5) an enemy of God (James 4:4), a child of wrath (Eph. 2:1-3). I have been set apart by God from eternity past to be one of His children. I was for ordained to be holy and blameless in His sight (Eph. 1:4).
My positional sanctification is a past completed act that has a present implication. It is a fact; it is something I “am,” it is my state of being. But I am also being sanctified daily!
My flesh cannot be changed because it is not redeemable, but my flesh can be killed, or put to death, through the Spirit (Romans 8:13). This change happens as I live the Scripture that I commit to memory (Rom 12:2), believe that what the Bible says about me is true and LIVE as though it is true. I already am holy because I am in Christ! So then I must carry this through to how I live. I must live holy.
How does one live holy? (Psalm 119) By following what the Word of God says about how I am to live life.
Do you see how Scripture (not my feelings) is to be the center of all of life and the guide for all of life?
This is but one small example of truth and the application of it. Learn who you are, and learn how to live who you are. You don’t have to try to be what God has decreed you are.