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I find these verses very encouraging because I realize I'm not as strong as I thought I was. It is encouraging to know God is not only doing the work of changing me, but giving me the desire to change when it isn't there! #lentenseason #repentance #godworkingonme

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…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
for it is God who works in you,
both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:12-13 ESV

When we think about repentance, this can be very hopeful. God is working in us as we are working out our salvation. God is working in us both to want to live a life of faithfulness, repentance and joy before Him as well as the actual doing of it.

When we talk about it, it can sound like drudgery. but in reality, we are doing it with Him. He is working it out through us and in us. He is changing us. He is interceding for us.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God

Romans 8:26-27 ESV

No one can snatch us from the Father’s hand.

 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

I and the Father are one.”

John 10:27-30 ESV