In Philippians 1:20 it is like Paul is saying; “My determined purpose is to be my best for His glory. “…whether by life or death”, Paul was determined to let nothing stand in his way from doing exactly what God wanted.
What will it take to for you to choose to follow God’s will?
I believe that many times a crisis must develop in our lives before we make the decision to follow God’s will. This is often how He gets our attention to help us focus on Him more acutely. Maybe this happens because we are so unresponsive to God’s gentle nudges. Once we arrive at that place where He asks us to be the best for His glory, the debate within us begins. And when the crisis hits we must decide…for or against? For there is no middle ground. That moment, the moment of deciding for or against is the greatest crossroads we face in our daily battles.
Today, when adversity comes into your life…on any front…surrender your will to God and you will find peace and freedom. This happens by asking, “what need of mine is out trumping or competing with God’s instruction, will, promises, character?” then make a willful decision to follow His will. This glorifies Him, and is best for you as you actually renew your mind spiritually, psychologically, and even physiologically…your brain chemistry actually gets stronger.
Dear Father God,
I pray to You that Your Holy Spirit reveal You message to me in a way that I understand and can live out daily. I feel very much ashamed that I have not yielded those areas of my life that You have asked of me. I want to live a life so that in no way I am ashamed. Help me Lord shut out everything that keeps me from doing my very best for Your glory. I actually find my limitations liberating when my strongest desire is to do my best for Your glory. Thank You Lord for the freedom this provides, for Your word tells me that where the Your Spirit is, there is freedom.
In Christ’s glorious name, AMEN!
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.