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This is Day 17 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.
Today's post is written by a beautiful friend named Brittany Baker. She is a church-planter in Salt Lake City with her best friends, check it out at www.antiochslc.com She is madly in love with Jesus, JR @jrbaker13, family and slightly overweight animals. Be sure to follow along in her journey via Instagram: @mrsjrbaker
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13)
Philippians 4:13 is one of the first verses I ever memorized. It had a catchy song that went with it, it rhymed, it was basically a five year olds dream. I remember being in awe of this verse when I was younger. It made me feel like a super-hero. Do you remember being so small that it was a guaranteed hernia if you tried to lift a gallon of milk? We knew our smallness as children, and I think that is one reason these words were so powerful to me. I recognized that there had to be something supernatural going on. I, the scared-of-the dark thumb sucker, had a Father that wanted to do powerful things through me. As I neared adulthood and big girl jobs, I started learning about these things called “bootstraps”, and that you had to pull yourself up by them. Basically, I learned how to perform for God. Philippians 4:13 somehow took on a different meaning. It read something like, “I have permission to do whatever I want, because the Spirit of God lives inside me and I have all the power. I do most the work, make a way for myself and then God comes in and does the rest.” Religion started to twist this verse in me. God became my bow tier; the very last step. He could be involved or not along the way. Does this scenario ring any bells for anyone? I started to forget my smallness. Saying “yes” to everything because it was my right to have it all and do it all. I puffed out my chest, pulled myself up by my own bootstraps and operated in my own strength. And I got tired…really, really, really tired. Because we like to be in control, that kind of dependence on one’s self can feel oddly comforting, but it is not sustainable. The word “through” in this verse means we place ourselves wholly within the limits of a limitless God. The enemy wants us to toil. But in this verse, the Savior offers us rest. Today, remember your smallness, rest inside the sustainable power of his character and out of that place conquer what HE has set before you. Praying that God highlights the places you no longer need to toil and gives you courage for the places you were made for. The Holy Spirit gave me a picture of each of you with backpacks, like you were going on a long hike. Each of you were on different trails. Some of you were taking a few things out of your backpacks and some of you were putting a few things in. I'm asking God to speak about what is in your "daily bread" backpack. That it would be filled with everything you need for your unique journey and that all the extra weight would be left behind. So honored to be a part of this! Hope this familiar verse comes alive in a new way for each of you like it did for me. Bless you! -Brittany
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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”