As I was giving the Barista my order the other day, I stood there with my head tilted trying to read the tattoo that ran around his upper arm. It read: “Powered by Him – Phil. 1:6” followed by what (I think) was a paraphrase of the verse. I couldn’t read it all. After I paid for my order, I told him that though I’m not a “tat person” I liked his. He thanked me and we shared a brief conversation about it.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
I’ve been thinking about it since then: Powered by Him. I am confident that He will continue to work in me and change me. So I ask the questions; Whom or what are we powered by? Are we solely powered by the desires of self? Are we solely powered by the Holy Spirit? Probably by a bit of both. That sounds awful to me and I hate to say it. But so much of the time I feel like the Apostle Paul when he says in Romans 7:15-25; “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” verse 15 (16-25 go into more detail).
When we invite Christ into our life, we are given a new nature (2 Cor. 5:17). But as long as we are in these human bodies our old nature and new nature will be at war.
“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things you please.” Galatians 5:17
That could sound a little hopeless, but of course it’s not. Something struck me this morning as I was praying about a circumstance. I was reading Jeremiah 29. Verse 13 says:
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart”
Notice that? He promises we will find Him when we search for Him with all our heart. Not part of it. All of it. It got me thinking about a divided heart. I know there are scriptures that talk about a divided heart with stern warnings, and the situation I was praying about immediately came to mind.
Was it possible? Could I have a divided heart? Sadly…yes. Something I thought I had let go of…little by little had crept back into the corners of my heart until that was once again what I was seeking after. Oh there were reasons to justify this search. But once God so graciously revealed this to me, I immediately confessed it as sin and let go (again) of what I’d been hanging on to. It was literally like this heavy burden was lifted, and the peace of God showered down upon me.
I believe when we desire something…it doesn’t have to be anything “bad”…but it can start to take over little corners of our heart. Before we know what happened, we can find ourselves being “powered” by the wrong thing…things of the world…things that though not necessarily wrong, are not God’s desire for us. When our heart becomes divided…more powered by the world…we relinquish some of God’s power in us.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, after Jesus tells the Apostle Paul that His grace is sufficient for him, and His power is perfected in his weakness, Paul says:
“…Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
Oh how weak I am and in need of Christ’s power in me. We all mess up and start chasing after the wrong thing now and then. That’s really okay…it’s part of our journey. What’s important is that we keep reading God’s Word and keep truly seeking Him with our whole heart. When we do, He is faithful and will convict us when our hearts are becoming divided. He will let us see that we are being powered by the wrong thing.
The wonderful thing is the more we read, study, and obey the Word of God, the more we are transformed (changed from the inside out) by the renewing of our minds. When we cooperate with God and do our part, He is faithful to do His part. He who began a good work in you…will keep doing it!
Is there something dividing your heart today? Is that thing what is driving you…powering you? If yes, confess it to God and turn from it. Let God, not self or things power you. Then you can truly be at peace and keep being transformed into the person God wants you to be.
Seeking to be Powered by Him,