Knowing what do I about God’s ability and His desire to make me able, why do I hesitate to ask for His help? Sometimes I think what I’m about to do is too small to bother Him with – but He wants to be involved with even the little details of my life. Other times I falter at the size or scope of what I feel led to do – but He wants to be my strength. When it comes down to it, there’s no good reason to do anything without Him!
“God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible — what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.”
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”
God needs to be the source of strength we lean to grow more like His Son. His Word provides us with all sorts of instruction and inspiration, but we have to use it. Reading, meditating on, and memorizing Scripture starts the process, by kindling a desire for change in our hearts.
“You must embrace the Word of God as the most effective instrument for change.”
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
As Christians, we know it’s God who does the heavy lifting of changing and shaping us into the likeness of His Son. But, we have to invite Him in and then work with Him. And though the process leaves us tired and ‘sore’ sometimes, in the end we’ll feel so much healthier in every way!
“Everyone wants to change, but change demands desire and discipline before it becomes delightful. There is always the agony of choice before the promise of change.”
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
It’s been said that we are meant to be more like a running stream of water than a stagnant pond. In other words, we are to be channels, first taking in God’s love and then sending it out into the world. But in our busyness, it can be easy to skip over the receiving part, can’t it?
To be effective in ministry, we must allow God in to minister to us. We have to join Him in that work, too, by making healthy choices that will keep us strong and ready to help fulfill His plans. And He’ll continue to fill us up!
“Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.”
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
If I’m not careful, I let joy get buried by stress as I go through the day. But God’s Word shows us that there is reason for joy in each moment. It comes down to a choice: do I meditate more on my immediate concerns, or on the goodness of my Lord? That will make all the difference.
“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.”
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Anytime you feel unsure of which way you’re going, ask the Lord to be your compass. God delights in showing us the right direction. And when we follow the course He’s set, we find His grace to move forward with a new confidence.
“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God. Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
For lots of us, the idea of testimony brings to mind standing up and sharing a long story about our faith journey. There definitely are moments for that. But most times, we end up showing others about our faith more than telling them outright. And, as someone in my Bible study said this week, “Once they know you’re a Christian, they’re watching.”
If that’s true, we might want to take a look at how we’re moving through our day. What traits of or truths about God are we displaying as we deal with life and interact with people? If those around us are really watching, why not give them some food for thought?
“You can share your testimony in many ways, by the words you speak, by the example you set, by the manner in which you live your life.”
Thomas S. Monson
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”
“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”