"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
We've all heard or read the story of the unspaced letters GODISNOWHERE. Told to separate them into a sentence, the atheist wrote: "God is no where," while a believer clarified them: "God is now here." One had no hope while the other was bursting with hope. One had trouble finding the God who existed outside, while the other knew the God who lived inside his heart.
Today's truth is incredible. While the born-again believer is told to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (v 12), we are encouraged when the Lord says: "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." (v13 Amplified) That means you don't have to try to work up human faith, strength or will to hang in there for God and hope you last until the end. No! The powerful Spirit of God now lives in you - creating in you the very will to follow and obey God and then working out His plan in (and for) your life.
Jesus is no longer walking beside you as He did long ago with those in Galilee. He's inside you now, making you His temple. To me, it's like the Messiah has disguised Himself in my body while he lives out His life and ways through me - and you. He works in you His own heart (His way of feeling - Hebrews 8:10); His mind (His thoughts, not yours - I Corinthians 2:16); His eyes (that see needs, not greed - and the invisible not merely the material - Hebrews 11:27); His mouth (speaking words of life, not death - Psalm 19:14); His ears (that listen to the Father and that hear the cries of others but never their gossip about others - Revelation 2:29); His hands (that reach to give and not to grab - I Timothy 2:8) and His feet (that carry you on the way as you share the good news with others - Romans 10:15). See now why it's so thrilling to know it's not just "you" living in you - but God?!
"Father, my desire is to see 'self' out of the way, so that Your Son, who is The Way, can and will do His good pleasure in me."
This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book "Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!