God Calls Us to Leave the Garage
By Rick Warren
— July 31, 2011
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
God pours his power into your life, giving you his strength to do what he’s called to do.
Faith is acting in confidence that God’s power is active in and through your life. Faith is trusting God’s power will be your strength to do everything through him.
He’s not asking you to live life under your own power or through your own strength. That would limit what you can do; yet, God’s power and strength are unlimited.
When you say, “There’s something I'd really like to do for God, but I don't think that I can do it,” God may reply, “Great! I’m glad you’ve figured it out. You can’t do it by yourself, but with my power working through you, you can do anything I ask you to do.”
If you stay at “I can’t” and never move to “God can,” then you’re less likely to even try great things for God. It’s like having a car with the most powerful engine ever built, but saying, “I don’t think it can get me past the first intersection.” So you leave it in your garage, never taking it onto the road.
God is calling you to the open road. His power is available to you: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13 NLT).
Jon Walker is managing editor of the Daily Hope devotionals and author of Costly Grace.
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.
© Copyright 2011 Jon Walker. Used by permission.