We serve a mighty God! He has put quite a few things on my heart recently, and has given me the strength to do the things He has for me to do: “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:12b-13)
After too much of my adult life being way too sedentary, He has urged me to exercise and watch what I eat. He needs me to be able to physically do something for Him. So this last week I’ve gotten out and walked and rode my exercise bike. It’s been a painful reminder that I’m out of shape, but somehow He gives me the strength to keep at it. And, thankfully, I feel stronger, more energetic, and am sleeping better. He gives me rest (Matt. 11:28)!
I get it! I haven’t been a good steward of His temple. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor 6:19-20)
All that I have and all that I am belongs to the LORD of Hosts. In Hebrew, LORD is Yahweh, who is the self-existent, redemptive God. Hosts is “sabaoth”, meaning armies. He is the merciful, redemptive God of the angel armies (Is. 6:3). Not only do I belong to the Lord, but He dwells within me! “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)
This morning, I have come to realize that I didn’t publish any posts last week. I was concentrating my time and energy on improving my physical body and studying His Word for my own edification. Somewhere along the way, I forgot the “to do”. Oh I was doing, but I wasn’t sharing in the manner He gave for me to share. Truthfully, something someone said to me on one of my posts got a bit under my skin. I recognize this wasn’t the truth of God, so it was the lies of the enemy.
In respect to sharing God’s Word as He has directed me, I sinned; I failed; I didn’t “do”. I didn’t sow the seeds He has given me to share. I have repented (Matt 4:17). Two requisites of repentance are “to turn from evil, and to turn to the good.” In my case it’s turning from the lies of the enemy, and turning to what God has told me to do. Even when He adds new things; when He gives me the “want to/will” and urging me “to do”, it’s not to be at the exclusion of His previous instructions. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) I can do all things He has for me; not because of my own power or will, but because He is within me, giving me all the strength and desire “to do” what He wants me to do, which is to glorify Him in both my body and my spirit, for all that I am belongs to Him!