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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

God's Work in Me

In summary of Philippians 2:13 it says,
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Bottom Line:
It’s God working in you to give you the desires and power to please him.

What This Means To Me:
God is always at work within me.  It is He who gives me the desires and the power to do what He pleases.  This is good news.  I don’t have to worry about doing it all on my own.  He provides the Holy Spirit who is living within me to help produce a “Christlike” character in me.  On my own, I cannot possibly come close to being like Jesus in my own strength.  The way the Holy Spirit releases his power in my life is through quiet, unassuming ways.  Way that I’m often not even aware of or feel.  What I’m learning is that Christlikeness is not produced by mere imitation, but more by inhabitation. I allow Christ to live through me.  This can only happen through the choices I make. I choose to do the right thing in situations and then trust God's Spirit to give me his power, love, faith, and wisdom to do it. Since God's Spirit lives inside of me, these things are always available for the asking.  There is tremendous encouragement in knowing that God is working in me.  When I feel like I’m not getting anywhere, I just need to remember to ask God.  He will provide