Theme of the Week: Strength in the Lord
Bible Verse: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
Scripture Reading: Philippians 1:3-18
If there’s anything we have learned this week, it’s that true strength comes from God, not us. All that we do for Him must be done through Him. Our only real effort is in putting our trust in Jesus and depending on Him for His strength in all things.
He promises identity in Him. He promises His strength to us. He promises rest for us.
As we give God our best strength (which already comes from Him), He rewards us for it. What I find amazing about the Gospel is that God gives us the motivation and strength to do His will, and then He rewards us for it. He rewards us for what He has done through us. That’s amazing!
This is the dad who rewards His young son for helping lift the heavy object. Dad does the heavy lifting then rewards the son for the accomplishment. We are simply the little boys ‘helping’ our Heavenly Father do the lifting. He looks down and smiles, knowing it’s His work and rewarding us just for believing we can do it with Him.
We can’t do it without Him. Even when we do it with Him, it’s His strength and not ours. So, love God with all ‘your’ strength. Live your faith out loud, knowing He is working in you.
Philippians 2:13, NLT — For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
Prayer: Thank you God for giving me everything I need for life and godliness. I pray I will continue to use the strength you give me to honor and glorify you.
Reflection: How does understanding your strength as “God working in you”, change things for you?
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