How Are You Powered?

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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,

Debbie

He Will Settle You

It was a blessing to be reminded of this verse today:

“But may the God of all grace, who has called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered awhile, will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10

 The word “settle” is what grabbed me (in KJV and NKJV).  In the Greek the word literally means “to erect”.  To erect something would be to secure permanently.  I know I am secure in Jesus Christ and for that assurance I am so grateful!  But that was not where my mind was going when I read the word “settle”.  I don’t know about you, but I can get a little wound up at times.  Okay… more than just a little.  It is not just the things I or my family may go through that trouble me (though yesterday was one of those days!).  It’s also the suffering others are going through as well; loss of loved ones, illness, all that is going on in the news, the world, etc.  Sometimes I just need to be “settled”.  I’m guessing you do as well.  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the word as: “to bring to rest, to quiet, to calm.”  My Father does that for me when I call on Him, when I rely on Him.  He will do that for you too.

We all have times of suffering.  Take heart.  It won’t last forever.  He is perfecting you into His image.  He is making firm and sure your relationship with Him.  He is giving you the strength you need for the journey, and…He will settle you along the way.

Here is a little visual walk through a few blessings that help to settle me as well…when I take the time to stop. and. notice.  Breathe…and enjoy.

 

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Keep Gazing Toward the Son.

Love,

Debbie

 

It’s Monday!

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

This is one of my favorite verses.  God directed me to it as I was seeking Him in the midst of being overwhelmed and distraught many years ago.  It is a precious promise to me that I took…and still take very personally.  I thought maybe we could all use a strong, heartfelt promise on this Monday!

Beauty in Every Day

I have a love/hate relationship with Mondays.  On the one hand, I am truly thankful for each day God gives to me…pain and fatigue included.  Because as long as I am breathing, moving, and walking, there is a calling I need to fulfill.  He is not finished with me yet.  And this is the day that God has made so I want to rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 18:24)!

On the other hand, I am usually exhausted after the weekend, and have a to do list that absolutely needs tending to, but is more than I can physically seem to tackle anymore.  So trying to keep first things first and pray for wisdom for the next “one thing”, and for peace and not anxiety over what is left unattended to.

So usually, on any given day, not only Monday, something unexpected happens.  Of course!  God’s word tells us to expect trouble and trials (John 16:33, James 1:2, 1 Peter4:12,13).  But at the same time, His. Way. Is. Perfect (Psalm 18:30)!  He already knows what is coming, what He is going to allow in our every days.  If it is from His hand, we must be thankful, for there is purpose in it…even if we cannot see it.

So for your Monday…and your every days; in the midst of your messy, beautiful, chaotic day…know.  Know my dear friend that He is right by your side.  He will not leave you (Heb. 13:5b).

Look again…and again whenever you need to be reminded…at Isaiah 41:10:

“Do not fear, for I am with you;

Do not anxiously look about you for I am your God.

I will strengthen you (promise!)

I will help you (promise!)

Surely, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (emphasis mine)

To uphold means He will enable you to bear all your trials.  His righteous right hand signifies that He is faithful and can be relied upon and will secure you.

Be thankful for your beautiful, chaotic Monday…and your every days.  Rest in Him.  Ask for wisdom and trust Him.  He’s in control of it all anyway.  He’s got this.  He’s got you!

Oh Glorious Day!

Debbie