Words from the Heart for Sunday July 29th, 2018
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
God is Working in You
We have seen in nature the powerful result of what happens when our God “works.” The entire universe is a wonder. Our God is also working in us. We need not fear the activity of God in our lives. We can expect Him to not just give us the desire to do His will but also the power to accomplish it. It is a joy to serve a God like ours.
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Most of us want to be better than we are now. We want to be more caring, more patient, more peaceful, kinder, and gentler. People look in a variety of places to help them become the person they want to be. They join a club, take up an exercise program, or buy the latest self-help book. And while these may help the person a bit, they don’t change the heart, and they don’t bring peace. Only the Lord can give a person a new nature. Philippians 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” When we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ He comes and takes up residence in us. He then begins a program of total transformation of our nature. We become more and more the person that God wants us to be. He changes our desires as well, so that we no longer want to please our fallen nature, but Him alone. As if this wasn’t enough, He then empowers us to live a life of victory. What a great gift we have in the God who has taken up His residence in us.
These have been words from the heart.