Devotion for January 13, 2024

“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 in the next week, month, or year, you’re not going to face it alone. God is with you, He is in you, and He is for you. Philippians 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (NLT).

“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 gives 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 hidden with Christ in God; and the Bible says you’re sealed with the Holy Spirit. That means for the devil to get to you, he’s got to get through the Trinity! That’s pretty good protection. That is a great fear reliever.

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 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 might not 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 for being with me today, for being in me today, and for being for me today.”

Prayer

Father, I wake up today and I thank You for the promises You have given and the blessings You bestow. Let my words and actions always honor You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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