13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.
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Verse 13, Everyone who belongs to God through the salvation offered through the sacrifice on the cross of our Saviour, Jesus who is the Son of God who is Himself God, has the God who spoke all of creation living in them, and God not only works in us through the washing of His Word and the Name of Jesus, He also works through us, but He can only do this with our permission. If I were to accept Jesus as Saviour, be baptised by the Holy Spirit and with water, and then go on living as if nothing had happened, while ignoring the call and pull of the Spirit of our God, He would not be able to work in or through me because of my unwillingness to do what He has called me to do, and that is first and foremost to make myself available to Him, and to offer myself as a living sacrifice to Him to be used for His purposes in His time.
If I am not willing to accept His will working in, through and for me, so that He can glorify His name in and through me by way of being both willing and obedient to Him, then it would be like Him trying to fill a bowl with water that is upside down in a volcano, it just will not work. God will not force His way into our lives, and He will not ask us to do anything for Him that we are not capable of doing, each of us must be available for God to employ us as is His good pleasure.
Verse 14, This verse is the most important in this passage in my opinion. I remember being placed in a position of authority by the senior NCO in my section, I carried that NCO’s authority but without the rank, I can clearly remember how frustrating it was to use that authority to give orders to others who were junior to me in time served and experience, only to have them complain every time and argue every step of the way, oh how I wished murder was legal at times, joking of course.
Keeping in mind the previous paragraph, the Lord needs us to be both willing and available for Him to employ us according to His good pleasure at a moment’s notice, I will give an example. One day while I was collecting my granddaughter from school the Lord said “pray”, there was no explanation, no drawn out dialogue, I simply obeyed instantly. A few minutes later I got a call from my wife, my step daughter was driving her car and had not seen a give way sign because of the sun in her eyes, just as they entered the intersection another car came over the crest of a hill and he was speeding, no one had any time to react, my wife later told me that the other car was heading straight for her door and she was sure she was about to die, She cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord commanded me to pray,and I prayed until the phone rang.
I went to the wrecking yard later to look at the car, as well as seeing where it was positioned after the accident. The car was a Mercedes C 180 Sports edition, it was hit with so much force that it was lifted off the road and forced into a front yard, while flying into the front yard the car went neatly between a telegraph pole and a tree with inches to spare either side, it came to rest right in the middle of the yard having missed all obstacles, including a rose garden with hardly any skid mark on the grass.
Both the front and rear fenders on the car were badly damaged, and there was not a single scratch on the passenger side door where my wife was sitting. If I had chosen to argue about praying because I was too busy being bored, or if I had started complaining about always the one who is chosen to do this, to do that, blah blah blah, then the prayer would not have been spoken that put the angels into action at the command of the Lord, and my wife may well have died that day due to massive trauma and internal bleeding caused by the high speed impact of the other car hitting her door square on.
Verse 14, How can we be blameless and innocent? By ourselves it is impossible, but with God it is possible. When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, and asked Him into my life, His purity cleansed me of all sin and unrighteousness, I became as pure as Him before my Heavenly Father’s eyes, which means that whenever the accuser of the brethren goes running into the throne room pointing a finger at me, the Father looks at me and says “what are you talking about? All I see is My child, My son, pure and righteous, washed in the blood of the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world, now run away little worm and let me watch my children at play.”, that is what it means to be blameless and innocent children of God, not of ourselves, but by grace through faith.
We are indeed living in a crooked and twisted world, a world where men want to be women and women want to be men, where a lie is seen as the truth and the truth is seen as a lie, where righteousness is frowned upon and unrighteousness is celebrated. But what are we to do? How can I influence this wicked and corrupt generation? I can’t, but God can working in, through and with me, He can by using this broken vessel to shine His light through the cracks into the surrounding darkness, by letting His presence in me be felt where ever and whenever I go with Him in me. When I walk into the darkness with the light of God’s life shining out of me, the darkness has to hide, But when there are two together who are walking in unity in Him, without complaining or arguing, then the darkness has to flee, because the light of God’s presence shining out of two or more leaves nowhere for the darkness to hide.
The Lord gave me a demonstration of what He means when He says in His word ‘when ever two or more of you are gathered in my name, I am in your midst’. Before He sent us to Thailand to do His work, He had me drive around the block while He spoke to me, He said “I have something to show you, go to the shop where your wife is and walk inside!”, I obeyed, parked my car in a spot that suddenly became available as I neared the store, I parked my car and got out of my car, locked it and walked into the store, inside the store there was a young woman who started to manifest as soon as I walked through the door, she started grabbing at her breasts, her groin, backside, arms and legs, hair and face before saying “this has never happened before” and running out of the store.
As we were going home I asked the Lord what that was all about? He said “she is possessed!”, so I asked if I should have bound the spirit and ask if she wanted to be free from it? He said “no, I wanted to show you that where there are two or more gathered in My Name, they cannot be there!”, this is why the disciples were sent out two by two, a team of as little as two in unity, without complaining or arguing can do great things for the Lord when they go in His name and no other.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed and were blessed by it.