So what does your daily time with God look like?
Intense? Sporadic? Non-existent?
While in Asia, I remember hearing of a particular girl who had come to do summer missions. The culture hit hard and she was immobilized with anxiety. Day after day, she spent almost all of her time locked in her room with her Bible.
Evidently, when she did come out, she was so gripped with fear that she was unable to carry on a normal conversation before again needing to retreat to her room.
Obviously, the power of 2 Timothy 1:7 was not plugged into her life.
Reading the Word for hours a day isn’t “striving according to His power”.
If that’s not it, then what is?
The missing key element is faith.
Faith is the link between knowing what to do and actually living it out.
Now, God has given to each one of us enough faith to believe through all that is before us.
It’s our job to activate it.
Yet, talking about faith and really believing are two different things.
In my own life, I short-circuit faith by trying to DO things that will please God.
“Maybe I could return my grocery cart at the store so that the clerks will have one less to do.”
“Or maybe I will take the neighbor a loaf of quick bread.”
Yep – those things ought to make God happy.
In fact, He is pretty plain about the whole thing:
“This is the work of God: that you believe in HIm whom He has sent” (John 6:29).
What promise has He made to you that you aren’t believing? What are you doing instead? How can you faith through the process?
Believing that He will do what He says is your true key to vital living.