For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

No matter what you’re going to face this next week, you’re not going to face it alone. God is with you, He is in you, and He is for you. This is coming from the writings of Paul and as you know he did not have any easy journey. To name a few things: he was in prison falsely accused, shipwrecked and survived, bit by a poisonous snake and survived, put in jail and led the jailor and family to Christ. He says he is confident that God is capable of finishing all that He started in him. We are also partakers of that promise of God. Wow! Not from easy street but a tough Paul proclaims God’s capacity is greater to handle anything that comes our way, and in the midst of that journey you can still praise and follow our Lord in obedience. You see life is a progression of events that create our story and we are constantly growing with Gods help!
“God is working in you.” The word “working” in Greek is the word energos, from which we get the word “energy.” God is the energy driver in your life. You’re not just going on willpower. You’re not just going on your own power. God says he will give you the power you need, no matter what you’re facing.

Not only is He in you, He is with you. The Bible says, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:18, 20 NIV). That’s quite a promise! The Bible says Christ is in you; the Bible says you’re hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3); and the Bible says you’re sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:3). That means you are covered, more than a conqueror, an overcomer!

Not only is God with you and in you; God is also for you. Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, no one can defeat us” (NCV).

When a shepherd leads the sheep, there are always guard dogs at the back, nipping at the sheep to keep them moving in the right direction.

The Bible says that the guard dogs in your life are goodness and mercy. God gives you the things you don’t deserve — that is his goodness. And, He doesn’t give you the things you do deserve — that’s his mercy.

Do you ever feel the smile of God in your life? If you don’t, you don’t really know God. Some people think God is like the angry parent who’s mad at them all the time. No. God is for you!

If you want to be happy, you need to get up every morning and say, “God, thank you that You’re going to be with me today, You’re going to be in me today, and You’re going to be for me today.”

Isn’t that great news? If God is with you, and God is in you, and God is for you, then we have to ask why we give up?



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