Your personal trainer

January 17, 2020 by Dr. Jack Graham

Christ is faithful to do in you what you cannot do for yourself.

Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Sometimes you may wonder if things are ever going to get any better, thinking, Am I ever going to overcome the obstacles?  Let me encourage you: God uses the obstacles to help you encounter Christ and become more like Him.

God is continuously working individually, constructively, and creatively in your life.  Have you realized that the Christian life is not a self-improvement plan?

You may have set goals that have gone by the wayside.  Only God can work in you by His Spirit to make you holy and pure.  There’s no way you can muster up enough strength for godly living by yourself.

Maybe you have experienced the help of a personal trainer to work alongside you to encourage, counsel, and promote your physical well-being.  You may have decided that you couldn’t get the job done by yourself, so you hired someone to help.  There’s an accountability and motivation always present when a personal trainer is involved.

If you’re going to grow spiritually and become stronger, you need a personal trainer of a different kind.  God has given you the Holy Spirit to walk alongside you and commit Himself to your spiritual growth and development.  He is your ultimate personal trainer.

The Christian life is not just hard without Him – it’s impossible.  But you can trust that He will enable and energize you to do things His way in His strength instead of your own.

Have you made it your ambition, dream, and desire to be like Jesus?  You have the Spirit of God working in you to accomplish that feat.  Co-operate with God, and He’ll work to change, correct, cleanse and complete you!

 

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