Not in My Own Strength
[Not in your own strength] for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you – energizing and creating in you the power and desire – both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
Philippians 2:13 (Amplified)
Did you know that when Jesus forgave you and came into your heart, He brought His DNA? That the Scripture actually uses the word “sperma” in 1 John 3:9
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed (sperma) remains in him. He cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.
Think of it! God has permanently placed His eternal “seed” or DNA fingerprint in each of His children. This passage is packed with mercy and holy encouragement, but I want to focus just a little on the fact that when we belong to Jesus, God’s DNA now permanently resides in us. Our privilege is to live the rest of our lives “working out” what that DNA looks like in the pathways God has marked out for each of us.
Today’s Treasure reflects the amazing truth that God does not leave us alone to figure out how to look like Him in our interchanges with others. We are not on our own, instead it is God who is all the while effectually at work in us, energizing and creating in us the power and desire to want to please Him and experience the delight of knowing Him. This is mind blowing, but it is also reassuring as we struggle to offer life-giving encouragement in our circles of influence. We reveal more and more of His DNA, as we learn more of Him through His Word, through His love and compassion extended to us, and as we pray for direction in our interactions with others.
Remember the life crises described in Wednesdays devotional: the mother whose daughter was being molested by a friend, the parents whose son announced his sexual preference was not heterosexual, the moody teenager?
Hurting people need encouragement that helps turn their hearts toward Jesus. But they in turn must learn how to offer that same kind of encouragement to their loved ones. The ultimate goal of biblical encouragement is for the encourager to display the very DNA of God that resides in her. The only way she can do that is through running to the Cross, expressing her specific needs and asking the Lord for specific instructions on how to interact with these people she loves so much. Her goal is not to fix the person, though that might be her heart’s desire. Instead, she partners with the Lord with the goal of helping turn hearts toward Him.
Take time today to meditate on the fact of God’s DNA permanently planted in your heart. And revel in the promise that you are not on your own in displaying that DNA. Through time in His Word and prayer, God will continually transform you into the life-giving encourager He calls you to be.
Oh Father, we cannot get our heads around this fact! You have planted your DNA into everyone who loves Jesus as Savior! You have planted your DNA in me! I am your child! You love me! Show me how to “work out” the seed that you have placed in me. Show me how to water and fertilize that seed, how to make sure the sun shines on that seed. Make my family connection to you obvious in the way that I encourage others. Make me a life- giver!