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Jesus is able and His power is at work inside of us

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Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise, you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

 

The road I take to and from work is stricken with terminal construction. It seems as though every time I drive down it, there is a new roadblock in place, a new area that’s down to one lane, or a new “do not turn” sign. Following Jesus feels like that sometimes. We know cognitively that we’ve been empowered to follow Jesus, but practically it can be difficult. It feels like there are roadblocks in the way that drag us back into patterns of sin we’ve grown accustomed to. It can be very frustrating! The good news is that often times the difficulty is only in our head.

The Scriptures teach that we are completely capable of walking with the Lord. We’ve been given everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter. 1:3). The Scriptures also teach that the Spirit is living inside us and available to us at all times. He is our counselor and our guide. In addition, we’re told Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. He is here, right now. And, we have a reliable God who refuses to ever let us down. Not only that, but as we study the Bible, we find that walking with God is beneficial. Being connected to the Author of Life frees us to live the abundant life.

When we’re able to wrap our hearts and our minds around those great truths, the lies of the enemy start to fade into the background. Truth has the ability to set us free. All of us will walk through times of doubt and difficulty, but the most important thing we can do during those seasons is remind ourselves Jesus is able and His power is at work inside of us. He is capable, available, reliable, and beneficial. We can work it out because He is at work within! Take a few minutes today to remind yourself of this reality and encourage your soul by listening to Only Jesus Can.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Ryan Paulson

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