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God Is Your Power Source
I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Your life in Christ is not a do-it-yourself project. In other words, you are not left on your own to solve your problems or meet life’s challenges in your own strength. God is with you. He is your source.
As you grow in your personal relationship with God—spending time talking with Him and studying His Word—you progressively learn to look to God at all times, leaning on His strength rather than your own. You begin to understand that He is your unfailing provider.
Because God is always with you, you have access to everything you need to be victorious in life. Peace, joy, confidence, strength, wisdom, and all the fruit of the Spirit—it’s all available to you in Christ Jesus.
Instead of wondering, How am I going to get everything done? or How am I going to figure this problem out? ask God for His help, strength, and guidance. Trust Him to be your source.
Dig Deeper into God’s Word: Study Isaiah 40:29; Ephesians 3:16
Waiting with Expectation
Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
At some point in our lives, we all find ourselves praying about a situation and waiting for God to answer that prayer. Waiting can be difficult, and we often wonder if God has heard our prayers.
But be assured, God does hear every prayer you pray, and He is working out the answers even though you may not know all the details. Until you get an answer to your prayer, you can wait either passively or expectantly.
A passive person gives up easily, but an expectant person is confident, believing the answer is just around the corner. Expectancy fills us with hope. It gives us the faith and the strength to wake up each morning with excitement: This could be the day God does something amazing!
Even when you’re waiting on the Lord, be active. Actively pray, actively study the Word, and actively believe that God is working, even when you can’t see it.
Dig Deeper into God’s Word: Study Habakkuk 2:3; Psalm 39:7
It’s Going to Be a Good Day
This [day in which God has saved me] is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
Have you ever said, “Well, I’m just having a bad day”? Most of us have. But the problem with bad days is they tend to pile up. A bad day becomes a bad week. A bad week becomes a bad month. And before you know it, a bad month can become a bad year.
You don’t have to go through life held hostage by your circumstances. It doesn’t matter what happens around you; if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the Spirit of God within you. Your hope and happiness are not dependent on the world. The Bible declares, “He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]” (1 John 4:4).
Sunny or raining, good report or bad, surrounded by friends or standing alone, you can enjoy every day of this life God has given you. He is with you at all times. Pause frequently throughout the day and say, “God is with me right now!”
God wants you to enjoy your life every day, not just occasionally. Every day can be a wonderful day because God is on your side.
Dig Deeper into God’s Word: Study John 15:11; Job 8:21
Overcoming the Impossible
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] (Philippians 4:13)
Never assume that where you’ve been or where you are is as good as it gets. And when your goal or your situation seems impossible, keep in mind that nothing is impossible for God. In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The greatest things you can do in life are the things you can’t do on your own. You know you are on the right track when a challenge or an opportunity can only be done with God’s help.
It doesn’t matter what the situation looks like around you; God is greater than any obstacle you may be facing. Anything that has never been done is impossible until someone does it, so why can’t it be you? Don’t allow your mind to become a hindrance to the things you can accomplish in life. Think big—the way God does.
Believe God is going to do something better in your life. Go ahead and get your hopes up . . . God is leading you to something better than you can imagine.
Dig Deeper into God’s Word: Study Romans 12:21; 1 John 5:4
Faith Instead of Fear
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (2 Timothy 1:7)
Fear, simply put, is the opposite of faith. God wants us to walk by faith, but Satan tries to make us live in fear. When we learn to live by faith and not let fear rule our lives, we can live a fulfilling, satisfying, peaceful, and joyful life in Christ.
Fear begins with a thought. Proverbs 23:7 tells us that “as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (NKJV). I like to say it this way: Where the mind goes, the man follows.
This is why the Bible talks about meditating on the Word of God and having your mind renewed (see Romans 12:2). To meditate on God’s Word means you ponder the Scripture over and over in your mind until it becomes part of you. When you do this, it takes information and turns it into revelation. The more you study God’s Word and think about His promises, the better your life will be!
Think about what you are thinking about. Instead of fearful or worried thoughts, choose to focus on thoughts that are full of faith.
Dig Deeper into God’s Word: Study 1 John 4:18; Psalm 118:6
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