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Shining Like Stars

Paul describes an interesting, seemingly contradictory relationship between the sovereignty of God and our free will. Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. The question is, who is doing the willing and the acting? It is God who works in us so that we may will and act according to His good purpose. We collaborate with God - we surrender to His willing and acting so that we can will and act in accordance with Him!