God doesn’t leave us hanging

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

Most religions feel the need to give people work to do to keep them in the mode of earning their place in heaven. Fear of losing out or even having a lesser position or reward is a way of keeping them under control. Legalism perpetuates the cycle of obey, disobey, fearfully repent, obey, ad infinitum. The conditioned response becomes one of work harder, do more, repent deeper.

This verse has always been encouraging to me, especially in those times I have willfully or even accidentally (OK, it’s rarely accidental) done something wrong. It’s impossible for us to stop sinning on our own and at times, equally impossible to want to stop. Thankfully God works in us, giving us not just the power to please him but the desire. Oh how he knows us!

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

One thought on “God doesn’t leave us hanging”

  1. I was re-reading this entry and realized how much it really does affect me. I worry sometimes, maybe even more than I would like to admit, that I am not doing enough for God. . that there are things that He is waiting for me to do, but because I might me caught up in my own business too much, I miss them. But then I tell myself that God doesn’t work that way. He’s not trying to trick me, by being vague about what He wants from me in any given situation. If he wants me to do something, He will give me notice. . no more than that, He will even give me the desire and beyond that. . .the Power to do it. Whew!! What a relief that is. Thank you for adding this scripture, which says that so succinctly.

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