God is Working in Me

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


Observations: Paul has just told us to have the same humble attitude as Jesus (v1-11), and then he says, ‘Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. (v12 NLT)’ But then he says that our ‘hard work,’ and our ‘obedience,’ is actually God working in us. God is active in our lives. Elsewhere, the Bible says that it is the Holy Spirit that is working in us. Paul says that the work that God is doing is two-fold. Firstly, he ‘gives us the desire to do what pleases him.’ Without God our desire is to do whatever pleases us, but the Holy Spirit changes our hearts so that we desire what pleases God. Secondly, God ‘gives us the power to do what pleases him.’ The Holy Spirit doesn’t just change our attitudes, he actually enables us to do what God wants. Without God we are unable to do what pleases hi, but the Holy Spirit helps us do what is right in God’s eyes.


Application: God is at work in my life so that my life will please him. I need to trust that God is at work in my life through the Holy Spirit, that he is changing my heart so that I want to please him, that he is equipping me for every good work (Eph 2:10). I have to trust that God is helping me do what is pleasing to him. Even if sometimes that seems a slow process, or even if I take a few steps backwards, I need to remind myself that God will complete the work that he began in me (1:6).


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I know that You have saved me through Your Son, Jesus Christ, but help me to remember that You are still at work in my life through Your Holy Spirit, helping me become more like Jesus, who always pleased You in every way. Lord, protect me form the Devil, help me resist temptation, forgive me when I don’t do what is pleasing to You. May my life bring You glory and honour. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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