by Latricia C. Bailey
“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:13 (AMP)
“It is easier said than done” is a common phrase people say when they must do something hard or difficult. This is usually the case especially when God has told us to do something that seems daunting or impossible. In the book of Philippians, Paul encourages and comforts the Christians of Philippi to be mature in their relationship with one another as God commands. Paul’s assistant, Epaphroditus, had been ill and was now returning to Philippi with news of Paul’s death sentence in Rome. Paul lived a life solely dedicated to the mission and service of God. Despite the sentencing, Paul was optimistic about the opportunity to represent the Lord with honor. He realized that his strength wasn’t about him at all. “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work . . .” Philippians 2:13 (AMP).
As Christians, we often attempt to do God’s will in our own strength. We make decisions without Continue reading