Following an explanation of John Piper’s acronymn APTAT. The excerpt is from an article at Desiring God.
- A – I acknowledge that without Christ I can do nothing (John 15:5; Romans 7:18).
- P – I pray that God would make me love as Jesus loves, and work in me all that is pleasing to him (1 Thessalonians 2:12; Romans 5:21; Hebrews 13:21).
- T – I trust the promise of God’s help and strength and guidance (Isaiah 41:10; James 1:5, 6).
- A – I act in obedience to God’s word. Doug Heil asked me last Sunday if Philippians 2:12 fit my acronym: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”? I said yes, because look at the ground clause which follows: “for it is God who works in you to will and to do his good pleasure.” Yes! Yes! We act. We obey! But what keeps this action from being a “work of law” is that we have acknowledged our helplessness, prayed for enablement, and trusted that precisely in and under our working and willing it is God who does the work! Therefore our act is a fruit of the Spirit not a work of the flesh.
- T – I thank God for whatever good comes. I give him the glory (1 Peter 4:11).