"You Can Do It” - Sunday, January 17, 2021 - by Dianne Prince
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In our scripture this morning, Paul makes a profound declaration. He declares, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We have all used this scripture as encouragement. We teach it to our children and grand children. We have them repeat It during their times of doubt, during times when their confidence is wavering, and when they are facing a challenge that seems bigger than life.
Philippians 4:13 is a great scripture of encouragement for those who are struggling with their circumstances. Paul is not saying God will give you everything you ask for. But he is teaching you to be content in whatever situation life brings your way. He is encouraging you not to be controlled by your circumstances. Why? Christ gives you the strength you need to get through whatever circumstance you find yourself in—intense or minor.
Paul had endured physical and mental abuse. He had been beaten to the point that he was left for dead. He had lived through severe torture. He had survived a lack of food. He had abided during freezing weather. Paul had endured all kinds of calamities. However, through it all, he did not allow his environment to get the best of him.
The stresses of daily life, if uncontrolled, will rob you of your strength, negate your enthusiasm, interfere with your peace of mind, and leave you with a negative outlook on your day. A minor conflict with a child, a co-worker, a spouse or even a perfect stranger can ruin your day. Too much to do and not enough time, lost car keys, an undiagnosed illness, a problem that keeps repeating itself, and even slow-moving traffic when you are in a hurry to get to an appointment are all things that can stress you out.
Through Christ, you can have peace during times of testing of your patience. Why? Christ will supply whatever you need. He will supply you with the wisdom to adjust to adverse circumstances. He will give you the stamina to “keep moving forward” until your change comes.
No matter what the trial or the need is, God has the supply. There is no limit to the vastness of resources God has at His disposal. And there is no limit to the number of times He will provide for you. God has an abundant supply of faith for you. He has an infinite supply of trust for you. He has an abundant supply of love when you are faced with those who are hard to love, of joy when your heart is sorrowful, of peace when doubt creeps into your spirit, and of self-control when your mind tries to lead you down the wrong path. Not only will He supply your spiritual needs, but he will supply your material needs as well.
No matter what the need is, the need is not greater than God. No matter what the trial is, the trial is not as powerful as God. “I can do all things through Christ” is saying to you today you can handle anything life sends your way. Through Christ, you can adjust to those unexpected twists and turns with confidence. Through Him, you can accept the tide of uncertainty with assurance.
Until your needs are supplied, Christ will grant you the strength to persevere. Ask Him and He will strengthen you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you because He is greater than what you need.
More daily inspiration can be found in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.