Philippians 2:13– “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
What would we do without the grace of God? And what would we do if we were absolutely sure that He is constantly watching us? Would this awareness change our behavior, our speech, our attitude towards others?
If we had just had an argument with someone close to us, and then read this passage, how would that make us feel? We certainly could not blame and point to God and say: ‘God made me do that’.
So, then, ‘what do we do’? We rely 100% on the grace of God, we behave towards everyone with tenderness and compassion, doing nothing out of selfish ambition, or vain conceit, we do everything with humility, always considering others better than ourselves, and we look out for others and not only to our own interests. (Philippians 2:1-4).
Easy? No. That is why we really need to be spiritually connected to our God, His grace and mercy, and be attentive to His voice and guidance. We cannot rely on our own emotional strength and intelligence, we must rely on Him.
No matter what happens, or what we do, we must remember that “it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6).
“Lord we rely on Your Spirit! We pray that You will give us the strength, the encouragement, the will that we need to do everything according to Your good pleasure. We pray that at the end of every day we can come to You with a light heart, and we pray that You will also give us the strength to recognize all the areas in our lives where we need to be more like You, because we want to please You. We love You and in Your precious name we pray. Amen.”