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One of the highest purposes God has for you is to make you holy

Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is for God’s Purposes – Part IV

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-18

Key Verse: Philippians 2:13
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Yesterday’s devotional ended with the God-inspired words of the Apostle Paul:

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think… (Romans 12:2a NLT)

Note the way this scripture presents this powerful work of God: “let God”. We could never make this change to our thinking by our own power!

Think about the people you know that have yet to accept Jesus as their savior. Maybe co-workers, friends, or acquaintances. If you have had any lengthy conversations with them, you know they think differently than you do. Consider what might happen if you said to them, “you need to change the way you think”.

First, they are likely to feel that you insulted them and might respond that you are the one that needs to change your thinking.

Second, even if they happen to agree with you, they would never have enough will power to make that kind of change.

We are not talking about changing the way we think about a particular issue, we are talking about an internal change that makes a person think from a whole new perspective – one of truth… God’s eternal truths.

Going back to the phrase, “let God”, realize that the Word of God is telling us that changing the way we think is a “God sized” work.

Paul’s words are to a group of believers who have already accepted Jesus. They know that God’s grace saves them from their sins.

The Apostle Paul wants them to move on to another level of God’s grace… an inner work of the Spirit. The Apostle described it to the Thessalonians thusly:

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NLT)

Are you ready and open to God’s transformation to make you holy by letting God do His powerful work in your inner being? If so, simply say a sincere prayer and tell God that He has your permission to do in you what only He can do.

The first seven devotionals for this month let us know that we can experience and enjoy the power of God in our lives. Now we must understand that this power is not for our selfish purposes, but for God’s eternal purposes.

One of the highest purposes God has for every believer is to make us holy:

But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy. (1 Peter 1:15-16 NLT)

Put your faith in the power of God and “let God” transform your inner being.

Father, I believe in Your power and that it is available to me. Transform me into the image of Your Son! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.