Friday, July 5, 2013

I Can Do _____ Through Christ

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

"I have strength for anything through Him who gives me power."
Philippians 4:13 (Weymouth)

There are times when we read the Bible that we interpret it based on our own life and experiences.  For example, when some people read Philippians 4:13 they think it is some figurative statement or that there are certain limitations to what it means, but this verse means exactly what it says.  God has told us that we can do anything He leads us to do because of the ability that He gives us in Christ.  What does that mean?  It means that God is our source and our Helper and He will empower us to do whatever we need to do.

When we see something in the Bible that we know we need to do, or if God directs us by the Holy Spirit to do something, it may seem as though we can't do it.  We need to get it settled within ourselves that if God is leading us then God knows exactly what it will take for us to do that thing and He will help us and equip us to do it!  We need to understand that God is not expecting us to do it all on our own.  Whether it is direction to know what to do, wisdom to do something the right way, or the strength and ability to do something, God will give it to us.

What things do you need to do in your life, where do you need to make a change?  Is God talking to you about getting involved somewhere in your church and you are not sure if you can do it?  Maybe you want to be a better parent, or a better spouse, or just a better Christian who is more effective for God.  What is it that you have seen in the Bible that has stirred you or challenged you?  Whatever it is, you can be sure that God will always give you the wisdom, direction, strength, and ability to do it.  Our bold confession should be exactly what Philippians 4:19 says, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!


Diane Ronzino said...

Jim, this post is so important. Thank you for sharing God's Truth!

Many years ago when I was young in The LORD, I was terrified of doing something in the natural. I had this Scripture on my kitchen sink. For hours, I kept going back to it and declaring it over myself. It took a few hours, but I finally conquered that thing.

It set a precident in my life. The Truth of that one Scripture became a reality to me. Time and time again - after this - God asked me to do things for His Kingdom that, in the natural, I had no ability to do. But, because of that rhema word there wasn't anything I wasn't willing to step out and do. Truly, I could do ALL things through Him Who strengthens me to do what He asks of me.


Floyd said...

Great reminder. It is HIS strength in us that has the dunamis to change the world. Thanks for the heart and reminder... don't know if we could ever get enough of it.
I followed Diane over to check out your site and wisdom. Worth the trip. God bless.

a joyful noise said...

I too followed Diane a precious saint of God... over to view your blog. I do believe we need to take the Bible for what it says and believe we CAN do exploits for Jesus.

Wise Hearted said...

Jim, Diane truly had a heart for when she says check someone out I know she has heard from the Lord. Glad I stopped by...great reminder on the Word...encouragement needed daily on this issue.