Day NineteenPastor David Biewald
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:12-13 (NLT)
Have you ever decided to start making healthier choices? Choices like, eating food that is better for you, going to the gym, spending more time reading instead of watching television. Each year I go through a phase where I decided that there are many things that I need to do to better myself, but often I struggle with the fact that I don’t necessarily want to make the changes. I don’t want to eat salads, spend 2 hours at the gym running or reading when I can binge Netflix. If I am honest, at times I get that same feeling when it comes to making choices that would benefit me spiritually (Like praying, reading my Bible or fasting.). Change is hard, especially when it comes to doing things that we are not used to, and if we are not careful, the lack of desire to change can keep us paralyzed in things that are not good for us.
However, I love the verses that we just read. Paul is writing to the Church in Philippi and encourages them as they work hard at making the right choices, following after God and working out their Salvation that God would also be working in them giving them the “want to” and the power to accomplish the thing they are trying to achieve. It is so encouraging to know that God is partnering with us when we take the first step towards growing and becoming better. God is always a present help in time of need.
In the same way that our desires change after we break our old habits and stay faithful to new habits, is the same way is God working to give us new desires, God desires that will better us for eternity!
Prayer: Father, I pray that you would give me your desires for my life. Help me to lay down my wants if they don’t align with yours. Lord, as you exchange my desires for you, give me the capacity to follow through and to keep pace with you. Help me to walk with you and obey you everyday in Jesus name.
We would love to hear how the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting has impacted your life.
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