GOD AT WORK WITHIN
This new life of bearing fruit is not a matter of trying hard to be good, it is a matter of allowing God to enter and do His work within. We cannot be good apart from God, because everything that is good comes from God alone.
The Holy Spirit strengthens us to do good and live life more like Jesus.
When we do good it’s important to remember that it is by God’s grace. We should always have a thankful heart toward Him, and never become arrogant or prideful. Give thanks for God’s fruit in your life.
EPHESIANS 2:10, NIV
10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
JAMES 1:17, NIV
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
This lesson tells us, ‘The Holy Spirit strengthens us to do good and live life more like Jesus.’
Are there times when you work hard at your walk with God and feel good about yourself for doing a good job?
Are there times when you feel like you just can’t do it anymore in your own power?
The Bible tells us that anything that is good comes from God, so credit should go where it is due, to God, the Holy Spirit, for getting us through.
Take out a piece of paper, fold it in half and write a thank you card to God for being ‘at work within you’. Try to think about God’s work in you this week and rely on His power not your own.
“Lord Jesus, you are the one that ‘Finishes the good work you have started in us‘ (Phil 1:6). Thank you for giving me your Spirit at work within. Remind me to rely on you often.”