“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2.13
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God always assigns provision for the purpose(s) that He’s destined for us.
Scripture talks about God being ‘at work in us’ to will and to work. We have to be in God [trusting, believing, and submitted in obedience as a result of believing] to experience the desire and motivations of God.
In other words, when we surrender ourselves and invite God into our hearts, He upgrades our desires. He changes our motivations. He gives us a new taste. No wonder David says, ‘oh taste and see, that the Lord is good [Psalm 34.8].’
This is why it’s not realistic to try and ‘get right’ before we come to God, or to come back to Him. But rather, we need Him in order to even have the desire [first] to live for Him. It’s as simple as saying ‘yes’ to Him with our hearts.
God designed us with a longing that only He can satisfy. We often try to fill that longing with everything or anything that the world has to offer, and yet we still come up short.
God will never allow us to live a life that doesn’t need Him.
Not only does He give us a longing in our hearts that always leads back to Him, but He gives us the ability to fulfill the purpose for which He created us. There’s a passion in each of us that’s placed and ignited by the same God.
God never creates a void or need without an answer. When we find God, we find purpose. And we also find our fuel and ignition for that purpose in Him.
It’s us saying ‘yes’ to Him, yes to His will, and yes to His way that allows us to fulfill and realize that purpose. All for His good pleasure. We serve and achieve for His pleasure.
Our purpose [why we exist] is for His pleasure. God is always for our success but our picture of success shouldn’t contrast His. God is always for our progress, but we have the responsibility to fulfill His will, in every stage, age, place, and platform.