Philippians 2: 12-16
12 So then, my beloved, obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more now when l am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work. 14. Do everything without grumbling or  questioning,  15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, 16 as you hold onto the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
The New American Bible, (Nashville, Tennessee: Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) 1997.

We are all three-part beings that consist of a body, a soul and a spirit. Your body relates to the physical environment around you. It likes to feel good and be comfortable with plenty of great food, sleep, relaxation and comfort. Your spirit is the part of you that relates to God’s Spirit. It wants a relationship with our Creator. When you ask Jesus Christ to save you, forgive you and wash you with His blood, your spirit is put back into relationship with the Spirit of God. A person will never find contentment if his spirit is not in unity with the Spirit of God. Your soul is a three-part existence of mind, will and emotions. When your spirit is in unity with God’s Spirit, it is your mind, will and emotions that strongly resists following or surrendering to God’s will. It is your mind that has been recording every wrong thing that has happened to you and every wrong idea and belief about God. You mind has stored all the pain of your past experiences and keeps them alive through the emotions they evoke when you think about past failures and pain. Your spirit tells you that God loves and cares for you and then your mind plays an old tape that says, “Ya right. Where was God when this happened or that happened?” Your soul will not surrender to God without a fight. Paul was addressing this un-surrendered soul when he told the Philippians to work out their own salvation. God will not cross the walls of your self-constructed inner strongholds, so they keep His grace and healing out. We must tear down these walls ourselves and allow God to come in and make new tapes of love and joy and peace. Satan can push your buttons anytime he wants just by getting you to remember an old hurt or painful experience.  2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 states, “We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.” Work out your salvation by tearing down the strongholds in your mind that are preventing you from becoming all of what God intended you to be.

Have a God Day!