Can I Really Do All Things in Christ?
Have you ever been confused by Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me?” I have. When I recite this scripture, something rises up in me and says, “Do you really think you could…? ”You get the picture. Let’s face it. There are some things we cannot and will not do!
Over the years, this scripture has been singled out and used in ways never intended by the Holy Writ. We’ve heard countless messages and walked away feeling less than every time. It targets and implies a superman mentality that only leads to a vicious cycle of trying and failing, trying and failing. What’s wrong with this picture?
Whenever a scripture is pulled from its context and made to stand on its own, it becomes fertile soil for seeds of confusion. Paul was describing the condition of his soul when faced with the circumstances of life. He was saying his mind had been transformed to a place where he could walk in the perfect will of God for his life, and not be affected by the conditions that surround him. Paul didn’t have to get up in the morning and say, “Today will be a good day because I preached a great sermon last night and all the people love me.” Paul knew he could get through anything life threw at him; he knew he could do all things through Christ Who strengthened him!
So many of us think this scripture means all we have to do is develop a mindset, even on an unrealistic expectation, and, eventually, we will be able to do it. Sadly, this kind of thinking has robbed many saints of their true destiny, predestined before the foundation of the world. (Eph. 1:4)
What’s your passion? Okay, that’s an easy one to identify. What about the thing that comes to you so naturally? You’ve never considered its value because; "It’s just what I do." Dear one, that is a gift from God, and, more than likely, holds the key to your destiny. It’s in that gift where you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you!
To God be all the glory!