Daily Devotion

July 18, 2016

Divine guidance (2)

“God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power

to do what pleases him.”

Php 2:13 NLT

Underline these words: “God is working in you.” He does this as you engage your mind, open your mouth, move your feet, and use your hands to do what He’s already put into your heart. The moment you say yes to His will, He gives you the ability to perform it. Notice, He doesn’t reveal His will to you, then call you. He calls you, and as you step out in faith and obey Him, He reveals His will to you step by step, empowering and equipping you as you go. If you’re thinking you’d like a little more detail before you make a commitment, take note. First: God may make you uncomfortable where you are. “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest…The Lord…led him” (Dt 32:11-12 NIV). To teach her children to fly, a mother eagle literally pushes them out of the nest. Talk about being out of your element! Can you imagine what they are thinking? “It’s my mother doing this to me.” But until a baby eagle is forced out of its comfort zone, it doesn’t realize it was born to fly, spread its wings, release its power, and take its place in the heavens. Is God stirring up your comfort zone today? Second: God’s direction is impossible to follow without His help. He plans it that way. Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5 NKJV). Third: There’s persistence in His leading. Human ideas go away, but God’s direction stays. That means time is on your side—so stay in step with God and don’t get ahead of Him.