Passage

Philippians 3:3 (NIV)

3 For it is we…who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.

 

Thought/Application

Throughout Israel’s history, kings have come and gone and either trusted in God to lead His people, or trusted only in themselves, and led His people into evil.  Saul started out strong, earning the Lord’s blessing (1 Sam. 9:17) through Samuel.  Once he felt threatened, he trusted in his own strength, and the Spirit left him (1 Sam. 16:14).  Kings such as David and Josiah obeyed the Lord, trusting in His laws.  Kings such as Rehoboam, Jeroboam and Ahaz trusted in their own flesh, and did evil. 

And it continues today.  Too often, we trust in our own abilities, taking pride in the skills we developed, knowledge we learned, projects we completed, accolades we earned.  We can become overconfident in our own abilities.  Paul writes: “If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more” (v.4) and continues to list his resume of accomplishments of value.  We do the same thing, do we not?  We do this to get the better job, to get the best account, to earn the respect of other adults or of our children. 

Paul tells us not to boast in our own abilities or our flesh.  Instead, we should boast in Christ Jesus, serving God by his Spirit.  In fact, Paul continues to say “whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (v.7) because “I can do all things through Him [Christ] who gives me strength” (v.13).

Invite the Holy Spirit into all you do today.  Lean on God’s strength, for he carries power. 

Francis Chan in his book Forgotten God puts it this way: “when believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural.  The church cannot help but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.”

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, I invite you into all I will do today, the people I interact with, the work I will complete and the time I spend alone.  May my life reflect you such that others may have an inescapable experience with you.  Amen.

By: JJ and Natalie Decker

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