Why are there times when my life isn’t enlarging as it should be? I often ask God to keep unleashing my potential so I can bring wisdom, clarity and hope to peoples’ lives. We are all filled with gifting and potential, yet so often we live lives that aren’t expanding as they should be.
“Therefore my dear ones…work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and are and trembling. (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” Phil. 2:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
Paul tells us here that it isn’t merely up to God to the hard work; WE should be the ones that are working out our faith – cultivating, carrying out and completing take effort. It is my responsibility to establish what happens in my life and to actively pursue my destiny. But, fortunately for us, God has given us His strength to help us in our pursuit, all the while working in us.
So I return to my initial question, why are there times when my life isn’t enlarging? For me, I think it is often because I neglect to stand continuously in His word. When I’m out of routine, I may skip a day or two of reading my bible and I fail to spend time allowing the word to embed itself within my heart. It think satan will do whatever he can to stop us getting to God’s word. As stated in Ephesians, the Word of God is the only weapon we have. “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6v17. Looking in Matthew 4, Jesus responds to the devils temptations with bible verse. In order for us to attack using these verses, we need to immerse ourselves and meditate on His word, letting it saturate and implant itself within our hearts, so that when we need to fight, we have the Word at hand as a weapon .
Just as we prioritise eating and drinking, we need to prioritise God’s Word so it can enrich our lives; it will transform us, replenish us, equip us and empower us.
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MSG)