Transformed in My Physical Health
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Great people used by God are just ordinary people with an extraordinary amount of determination. They simply don’t know how to give up when the going gets tough. Where do they find this kind of inner strength? Their strength comes from a deep rooted belief that, “I can do all things through Christ.” Their faith propels them past discouragement and fear into the life God wants them to live – a life completely reliant on God’s power, not their own.
What does it take to discourage you in your commitment to physical health? It is when things don’t go your way? How about not reaching your goals? Maybe it’s not having the strength to see things through completion? We often get discouraged because we are doing life on our own power. Our strength and energy have limitations. Our emotional and mental resolve can only last so long. Willpower can only take you so far before it runs out. But God’s power is limitless; always available when you need it. There’s only one little catch: this power is not automatic. It requires an act of faith called surrender.
In order to be infused with God’s strength you must first acknowledge your limitations. You must admit to God that you need him. Total surrender means complete dependence on him day by day, moment by moment. Just like a newly born baby is completely dependent on her mother for everything. God wants you to be completely on him for all your needs.
Once you have surrendered and admitted your need, you must ask God for his strength and trust him to deliver. God will not give you all the energy you’re going to need for an entire year all at once, but he will give you energy for tomorrow when you get there.
When you feel like you’re running on empty and ready to throw in the towel, tap into God’s power source. Move past discouragement and step out in faith, trusting God to give you all you need for that day.
(Transformed: How God Changes Us by Rick Warren)
Daily Devotions: Day 12
Transformed in My Physical Health
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
Self-discipline doesn’t come from yourself. It comes from God. We all go through moments of doubt, when the things we know are true and believe in seem to leave us with more questions than answers. There are times in our lives when we get afraid. There are times when we look at the future and are filled with worry. Sometimes we look at a sticky situation and we don’t know how we are going to get through it.
But there is a way. When you and I feel powerless over our situations, when we feel afraid of what lies ahead, when our “stick-to-it-iveness” no longer sticks, God is able and willing to give us the power we lack. The courage to face a fear head on doesn’t come from within, it comes from God above.
The ability to keep going when times get hard comes from trusting in God, not in ourselves. The power to keep up a new habit like dieting or exercise, or to break a bad habit or addiction, doesn’t come from you and me gutting it out, but from turning to God and asking him for the power to see our convictions through.
If you are going through a tough time today, if you see something in the future that scares you, if there is something on the horizon that is uncertain, turn to Jesus and ask him for the power to have faith. Ask him to give you courage. Ask him to give you boldness to face your fears. If you are striving to start a good habit, or break a bad one, ask him for the self-discipline to see it through.