I've been learning a verse for the past forty years - the key word there is “learning.” You see, I haven't learned it yet, but I'm in the process.
The verse is found in Philippians,
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
We’ve heard this verse, we know what the verse says, but what does it mean?
Well, first you have to keep the verse in its context, otherwise, you'll make it say something it doesn't say. For example, I could say, “I can do all things through Christ.” So, I'm going to claim that and I'm going to “move my mountain!” But, that's not what this verse is saying. Paul gives very clear context to this verse: he says that he knows how to have a lot and how to have a little; he knows how to be healthy and how to be sick; he knows how to be full and how to be empty; he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him. Paul says he can live confidently and assuredly in whatever circumstances he finds himself in.
A classic example of this is found in Acts 16 with Paul and Silas. They preach a sermon, there was great conversion, people are doing wonderful and Paul in his heart of hearts says, “I can do this!” He was later arrested, falsely accused, beaten, and thrown into jail. The fascinating thing is what he does while in jail - he and Silas sing praises - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
I don't know what you're going through today, my friend, but I know this world we live in so you're likely experiencing some hurt, sorrow, frustration, rejection or disappointment. Hear me, beloved, I don't know what today holds for you, but I know who holds today, and I know who holds tomorrow. And the One who holds today and tomorrow is holding you and offering you His strength and His very own Life, in whatever circumstance you find yourself in.
Walk in the faith that He will be all that He is, to whatever you need, and you will experience Him.
You’ll look back in your life and remember what He brought you through and you’ll think, “I didn't think I was going to make it, but I did.” Trust Him, He's up to the demand!
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