Philippians 2:13 NLT - "For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him."
This is by far one of the most important Daily Verses I'll be sharing with you. I advise you to come back to this often and even copy this down and stick it someplace where you can refer to it again and again!
This verse is telling us a wonderful truth! God works in believer's lives giving them two very important things that will allow them to live the way God meant for them to live.
First, He gives the desire to do what pleases Him. A real Christian will find this to be part of their new faith in Christ. They almost immediately show this desire when they get saved. They don't work to get saved, but because they got saved, they want to work! This is clearly seen in Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV), "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
Second, God also gives the power to do what He wants us to do! We desire to do His will and we find His Spirit working in us giving us the ability to accomplish His will. We don't have to struggle to accomplish it. We can believe this verse that God is at work in our lives enabling us to obey Him. Note Acts 1:8 when God wanted His disciples to witness for Him: "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me..." God gives the power to do what He wants us to do. BELIEVE THAT!
This is one of those passages of Scripture that is no "secret to successful living!" It is plain and simply the TRUTH of God! He said it - you need to believe it - and then you need to expect that God will do this in your life!
Now, I can hear a lot of people objecting to what I'm saying. The standard complaint is, "I tried this and it didn't work!" My response: Do you mean to say God didn't mean what He said?! Okay, I'll share more tomorrow and the days to come. Please pay attention - not because I want you to hear me. I want you to listen to God! Read His Word and believe what He says!