Read Philippians 2:1-13, Psalm 63:1-8 July 25
“They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strength that gave them victory. It was by your mighty power that they succeeded; it was because you favored them and smiled on them.” Psalm 44:3
Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. It provides a trickle of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart and keeps these organs alive until defibrillation can shock the heart into a normal rhythm. We should all be aware of what it does and how to do it.
God has provided a wonderful CPR to act as first aid when we get out of the normal rhythm of life in Christ. We are all cracked pots that often leak profusely. We need our souls refreshed and restored daily through confession, prayer, and repentance.
We can not win our daily battles against sin on our own. If we could, Jesus would not have had to die for us. We can try harder, pursue our own agendas, and make all the promises we want to ourselves and to others, but without the transforming power of God working in us through the Holy Spirit, we are going to most often fail.
I was in bondage to cigarettes for 50 years. I quit a hundred times, but was never able to win the battle until I asked the Lord to take away my desire for cigarettes almost 20 years ago.Since that day I’ve never smoked or even wanted to smoke another cigarette.
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to all believers to enable us to live transformed lives by the grace of God.
It’s not about doing more or trying harder, it’s about being in Christ and receiving His all sufficient grace through abiding in Him and His Word, and taking advantage of grace powering confession, prayer, and repentance.
Father, thank you for your throne of grace to which I can come forthe strength I need to be conformed into the image of Christ.
In Jesus' name, Amen
“I have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory.”
Psalm 63:2 NLT
“13For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.”
Philippians 2:13 NLT
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