February 3, 2009

Philippians 4:13

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I need this verse today. Yesterday was not a very good day. I was lazy, and my day was very unproductive. I wasted God's time. I invested in things that brought very short term pleasure, instead of long term and eternal. And because of that, at the end of the day, I felt 'empty'. I realize that I was depending on my own strength, rather than God's.

I am reminded of a verse that I like a lot:
Romans 7:14-25 and 8:1

14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to dothis I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. 1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!

I feel like this in a few areas of my life. No matter how hard I try, I keeping doing things that I don't want to do. I keep messing things up for myself and everyone around me. But there is my problem: no matter how hard I try. I can't do it by myself. I need God.

I don't have a good excuse for today to be another bad day. I'm praying that God will help me keep focused on what I need to do. And that He'll give me a servant's heart, because I have to go do something later today that I really don't feel like doing....


Wesley said...

Isn't it so interesting how lately, pretty much everyone has been struggling with the same kind of stuff all at once? It's kind of encouraging for me, because it means that we're moving on from what we were struggling with...

I did not know that passage. That is amazing! To hear that Paul struggled with the same stuff as we do is really encouraging, too... this just goes to show you how relevant the Bible is for us today.

Emily Joy said...

Yeah, Wesley, it's really neat. I totally think God does that on we can all encourage each other =)

I really love this verse. I found it one day when I was 'exploring' my Bible. I love to do that....normally that's when I find really interesting stuff =D