“…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Phil 2:13
All those times when you thought, “I can’t God!” Well… you were right! You and I aren’t capable of true acts of love, strength, integrity, honor, joy, perseverance… yea, you get it, anything that fulfills His good purpose. But, because we have the Spirit of God in us, He can through us!
I know…it’s a hard concept to grasp.
Sometimes I wonder how many believers are living in a performance mindset. I never used to wonder that, until I began hearing people talk about it. Believing that they needed to muster up strength and maybe even fake it ’till they felt it.
I remember being at my father’s memorial service when a dear friend described her heart regarding the loss of her mother. She suggested the ‘fake it ’till ya feel it’ approach and I remember gazing at her in pure wonder knowing I didn’t have it in me to do that. Honestly, I also remember being fearful of how daunting that seemed.
Since then I’ve been reminded many times over that any strength, not to mention for something of that magnitude is God. Period. Even to the point of having the will. This passage makes that clear.
The will of the believer, towards the fruit of God’s Spirit is powered by God.
It’s strange to grasp the concept that any inkling of good in our hearts is placed there by the Lord. Whether the tiniest nudge towards an act of kindness, or the strength to endure crisis. It is His work in us to will, negating any foundation for pride or hopelessness.
If you happen to be in a peaceful season in your life, cling to the Lord. Because you can. Because the Holy of Holies, allows it. Just as you are. No rituals necessary to enter His presence. He’s there. Always.
The Lord tells us…a storm will come.
When it does, you will have prepared for rain. His word will be hidden in the deepest parts of your heart. And the Lord will bring it to surface when you need it most.
Have you experienced that already? Have you experienced His power working in and through you?
Do you have a story of God changing your heart to His will?