The power to become depends on me, but it does not depend completely on me.
In the first chapter of Philippians, verse 6, Paul says, “I am confident of this one thing, that God who has begun a good work in you will complete it....” This verse should encourage you and me by stating that God is going to finish what He has started in us. God is the one who is working in you. How? He causes you to want to do what pleases Him (Philippians 2:13). This encourages me to realize that God motivates me. “And I have not already become perfect, but I press on to win what Christ Jesus won for me.” (Philippians 3:12)
For we who are fighting in the battle of life against Satan, sometimes it seems to us that we are losing. But we can know that that is not the case. Why? The victory has already been won by Jesus. The entire book of Revelation repeats this good news. Victory is ours! Stay in the fight! Don’t give up! John writes... “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Remember, the fourth chapter of Philippians, verse 13.... “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me.”
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
Keep the Faith!
Selected and adapted from: Power to Become by G. Ford - Wayne Bacon, Shepherd