Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Not in your own strength

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Philippians 2:13 AMP

After a couple of days of fighting off a cold, and thinking this is just slowing me down at a time when there is so much to be done for our business at End of Financial Year, I open my Bible this morning and the above scripture is in the centre of the page. And there is the gentle whisper, "Not in your own strength Wendy, not in your own strength." Okay, I start to breath again, reminding myself, it is not about what I can do, but it is about what He can do through me - if I yield.

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. Philippians 4:13 AMP

This day is the Lord's day. It is the day that He has made.

This is the day which the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NLT

It is His day. We are His children. He has given us all we need for this day. He has given us enough time to do what He wants us to do today. He has given us the gifts and skills to do what He wants us to do today. He has surrounded us with the people that we need to do what He wants us to do today. He gives us the inner strength to do what He wants us to do today. 

Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:13 The Message

Question for today, are you looking at your day thinking, 'How am I going to do this? How am I going to get this all done? What am I going to do about this situation?' 

If yes, then why not take the time to lay down your own plans for the day, and talk to God about His plans for your day. 
Ask Him the How and What questions. Ask Him to give you the priorities for the day, what does He want you to do when? 

And just remember to listen to what He says. I guarantee that if you do this, at the end of the day (which may not turn out as you had planned) you will be able to see that God's plan is always best.

What I'm getting at, friends, is that you should simply keep on doing what you've been doing from the beginning. When I was living among you, you lived in responsive obedience. Now that I'm separated from you, keep it up. Better yet, redouble your efforts. Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure. Philippians 3:12-13 The Message

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