Be strong and courageous. —Joshua 1:6 NIV

God can change your life in ways you haven’t dared to dream of.  Pastor Rick says, “He specializes in miracle makeovers.”

Try to imagine what good changes could happen in your life if you depended on God’s infinite power instead of your own willpower. The key to deep and lasting change isn’t trying harder. It’s relaxing into “the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29 MSG).

Effort is necessary, but it’s effort fueled by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “Be energetic in your life of salvation, reverent and sensitive before God. That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure” (Philippians 2:12-13 MSG).

God loves you so much that he freely gives his power to work in your life. He wants to be the one who is shown to be victorious. That’s why he works so powerfully in the lives of weak and humble people.

Trusting in God’s power will give you courage to face whatever life brings you. For what do you need his power today?

Food for Thought: In a remarkable, grace-filled exchange, you can bring all of your weaknesses to God and receive from him the power to be strong and courageous.