Philippians 2:12b-13 Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
I love this...I love that God not only gives us the desire to do what pleases Him...but he also gives us the power to do what pleases Him. If we just seek after God. If we take time to read God's word and pray, God will start working in us and change us in amazing ways.
I have heard this verse many times in my life... but once I picked up my Bible and started seeking after God I begin to see this verse working in me. Each day bring me new joy... each day I get a new tidbit of information that makes my life better and better and better. Each day my strength grows, my peace grows. Each day I am more and more in awe of God and His love for me and for you!!
I have been in that place where I thought "Doesn't life get any better than this??" Life can be so full... Jesus died on the cross so that we could have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). I begin to know that abundant feeling when I picked up my Bible and started reading it... when I began to earnestly want to understand it. Little by little my life begin to change...at first it was in tiny ways... it is like a snow ball rolling down a hill, as it rolls it gathers more and more snow with each turn. No matter how small it starts out if it keeps rolling it grows bigger and bigger and bigger... gather more and more snow with each turn of the ball. That is what God's word does.. at first we understand just a little bit here and there...and as we understand we are able to gather more and more and more... and one day we wake up and feel amazing!! All because God wants to grow us.. If we seek after God, God will make sure we understand!!
If you feel helpless or hopeless I beg of you to pick up a Bible that you can understand... I love the New Living Translation, I have a friend who loves The Message. It doesn't matter which one you like... it matters that you seek after God. Once we seek after God, He does the rest!! I promise that in a matter of weeks you will begin to feel better... you will find hope where you were hopeless... you will find help to get through this day and the next and the next.... then one day you will wake up and realize that you feel joy!