I thank God constantly that all year long you received the word of God, which you read in your Bible and which you heard from me; and that you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe, to set you free. That’s the last observation. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do.--, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Letters: Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works (Philipp. I trust you. Notice the connection between verses 13 and 14. But Jesus can bind up wounds as deep as ours. “Thank you, Lord. God uses waiting to change us. Now when we go back to 1 Thessalonians 2:13–14 we see how God does this. Or it may be your father or your former boss. . Everything that happened in the meantime was used to prepare them, inwardly as well as outwardly. He teaches and guides and inspires them (and a band of brothers close to them) and they speak his word on his behalf with his authority. He says, “Pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1). In fact he or she may not even think they did anything wrong. It takes hold of it, receives it, takes it in, embraces it. We’ve said it, but it deserves its own point. In his mind, nothing is wrong with waiting. NMB. The history of black-white hostility in America may leave us with little optimism about healing. Simply feeling deep, complex emotions in waiting — especially for significant things, like a pregnancy or a job — is not necessarily sinful in itself. “Waiting on the Lord is the opposite of running ahead of the Lord, and it’s the opposite of bailing out on the Lord,” writes John Piper. .” Indeed you suffer with joy. Only that they are hearing, and by implication, they are construing. Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Take the word praying. We don’t start out willing to wait. . . So now let me illustrate how this works. So here is the truth that I draw out of this for living the Christian life: by the work of the Holy Spirit, God defeats temptation (like the temptation to be angry and depressed that you are suffering) by awakening joy through belief in the word of God which is at work in us. Our cravings can take us to new spouses, new jobs, or even new cities or countries. Paul is giving evidence that God’s word is at work in them. He is author of. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. And you find yourself eaten up with recurrent anger and bitterness against the offender. A huge injustice has been done. We are familiar with the influence of one created will over another--an influence real, though limited, yet in no sense compulsive. Even in the midst of chaos, make no mistake, God is at work. The, the definite article. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou. Prayer and the word. Most parents would agree that their children don’t want to wait for anything. That is what I will try to show today with illustrations of how this actually works. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. I am being enslaved by this bitterness.