a super day to let God work within you.
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” Philippians 2:13 NLT
Paul was in prison in Rome and had no way of knowing if he would ever leave there alive. Here was a man who enjoyed great freedom when he was persecuting Christians, who was now uncertain if he would leave prison alive because of his decision to follow Christ’s teachings and spread the Good News of salvation. Prisons in those days could not have been very pleasant places. The food was probably not very good, sanitation was more than likely nonexistent, and the aura of sickness, and the possibility of death most assuredly constantly hung over him.
And yet, in spite of these things, Paul’s letter to the people of Philippi was joyful, upbeat and encouraging. What power could have such a profound effect on a person? What power could possibly give Paul the courage to stand by his convictions even at the risk of death? What power could enable someone to express love, hope, trust and optimism when faced with what Paul was facing?
Hopefully, we all know that the answer is the power of God.
God gave Paul the strength to face the worst that life at that time had to offer and still encourage others with a positive attitude because he invited God to work within him and he submitted all of his problems and fear, along with his own will, to God and said, “Here, take all of this. I don’t want it. I can’t live with it. I need You, Lord to guide me, to keep me safe, and to show me how I can make my life significant for You.”
There are many people whose “perfect” lives are simply comfortable prisons that lack any real joy and have no real purpose. Do not let this happen to you. Invite God into your life and let Him work within you.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson