LET GOD EMPOWER YOUR PURPOSE
“I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 12-13 (NLT)
You need more than positive thinking to live a life of faith. You need the power of God. The Apostle Paul says it like this: “I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4: 12-13 NLT).
In other words, you can do anything – with God’s help.
A man came to Jesus and asked him to heal his son. He said, “If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus said, “If you can’? Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, -“I do believe: “Help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24 NIV). That’s one of my favorite prayers in the Bible. It’s so honest! And that’s what God wants from you in prayer – honesty. If you pray that prayer, “I do believe: “Help me overcome my unbelief!” God will answer. He wants you to be strong in your faith. He wants you to overcome your unbelief.
Faith means we believe that Jesus can do what we ask, and that with his help, we can do what he asks us to do too.
Have you been trying to live life with your own power? If so, I guarantee you’re getting nowhere – at least on the things that really matter in life. You can read all the motivation books in the world and still never make any progress toward your dreams. You need the supernatural help of God to live a life of faith. Surrendering your life to Jesus is the safest decision you’ll ever make. It will teach you to trust God, and it will stretch your faith when you see that, indeed, you “can do everything through Christ,” who gives you strength.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.