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God's Diet

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Philippians 2:13 NLT
"For God is working in you to give you the desire and the power to do what pleases him."

It's a short verse. One line.
It had somehow, in the million times I'd read Philippians escaped my notice --maybe because in the good old KJV it is a bit tougher to understand "To will and to work that which is according to his good purpose." I think it says. And somehow that never sunk into my thick head, until I just looked at that chapter tonight in the New Living Translation, and this verse leaped out and hit my like a two by four.

Wow.

God is giving me the power...not only to WANT to please him and do what's right...He's also giving me the ABILITY to do so.

What pleases God?
Well, right now a verse popped to mind: "And without faith it is impossible to please God." I think that verse is from Hebrews 11 somewhere...(I have to check that). What is faith? The answer to that is in Hebrews 11: 1 also. It is the conviction; the CERTAINTY of the reality of something that we cannot right now see. For example, if you KNOW that inside your 200+ lb body there is a svelte 120 pounder just dying to get out, then you have FAITH in that. And God wants us to have that certainty about His existence...and about the existence of an entire world in an unseen realm...the realm of the spirit. And to have the knowledge that THAT world is really what THIS world is and should be all about.

It pleases God when we do the things he says in the Bible that He wants us to do and to try to become the people He desires for us to be. And one of those things that Scripture tells us about the way we should be living is to "Let your moderation be known to all men." (this is in Philippians 4) (YOU DIDN'T KNOW THE SPARK DIET WAS IN THE BIBLE , DID YOU??? LOL). What exactly is moderation?
1...
the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
According to Dictionary.com

And we may feel overwhelmed or even condemned by that...but don't. Just make it your business to change things. A little at a time. Say no to that extra here and that excess there....and little by little you WILL be able to attain that life of moderation.

How do I know that?? Look at the verse in Phil. 2 where we started.

God has given you the desire...He will also give you the ability and the strength to carry it out.
Ask him for that. Go to him for help...after all it was HE who made that promise, wasn't it??
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  • VXWALL1942
    Thank you. I am humbled and challenged by this verse, no matter its brevity and simplicity. I love when you share your intimate moments with the Lord with us.

    vicki
    3475 days ago
  • DUMBELLE
    Thank you for sharing scripture with us. I have to start claiming His power, instead of focusing on how weak I am. I CAN have the victory with the Lord providing His guidance and power. I also have to start forgiving myself. I find that I'm my worse critic and I have very high expectations for myself, so that when I screw up, it just stifles me and I'm prone to giving up totally.
    Susan
    3478 days ago
  • MMNICKS
    Great Blog, moderation in all things - amazing concept. We call it new thinking, God says it is how it has always been!! Thanks for sharing!!
    3478 days ago
  • CONTENTCHRIS
    Very good blog sister! I think your awesome and glad your still at it and helping others is a good way to help yourself.
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    3478 days ago
  • LUNADRAGON
    I love that passage.
    3478 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    The Bible has lots of useful information to help guide our daily lives. But it would be a lot easier if someone would just put it into modern language so that all could understand it clearly. Sometimes things get lost in the translation..
    A healthy lifestyle is all about moderation in all areas..
    Have a peaceful and blessed Sunday..
    Hugs,
    Linda
    3478 days ago
  • NEWSPARKDEBBIE
    Awesome BLOG..... and very helpful! Thank You for shareing with us......
    God Is Good!
    Debbie(Nanasfaith)
    3479 days ago
  • DAVENALEE
    Thank you for your insights! I never cease to be truly AMAZED at the "Living Breathing" quality of the WORD. I love gleaning something new from a passage I've read many times before!
    Blessings!
    Davena
    3479 days ago
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