Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.
The Apostle Paul wrote letters to many churches. The Philippian church was one of them. He wrote this letter to the Philippians while he was in prison. The church had sent him a love offering by a messenger named Epaphroditus and he wanted to not only thank them but also encourage and comfort them. Think about that for a moment! Paul in prison and He is sending comfort to the church. With God all things are possible!
How can Paul comfort others while he himself is a prisoner? Let's listen to his answer in Philippians 4:12 - I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Because of Paul's personal relationship with Christ, He believed that he had no need to worry or fret about his current situation. God was still in control and God was still with him, regardless of the condition he may have found himself in. His focus was Christ and His Gospel and Paul did not allow anything to stop him from fulfilling his God given vision, God given command and God given destiny. He was determined to go all the way for God,even in the midst of persecution and suffering. How about you?
Paul declares on today that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Some would say that is a bold and arrogant statement, but Paul is not speaking with arrogance. He is speaking with confidence in knowing who he is in Christ and who Christ is in Him.
Paul here is not referencing being able to do everything he wanted to do physically. He is referencing his mental state. As you know, He was in prison and could not release himself from there, but his mind was of that his body may have been in prison but his mind was free through Christ Jesus. In other words, Paul had the peace of God as a prisoner. Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Paul is declaring peace in the midst of his storm. Peace that surpass all understanding. The peace of God! God Himself declares in Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Paul had the mind of Christ for Paul himself declares Philippians 2:5 -Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
Paul knew how it was to have plenty, to be in lack, to be up and to be down. Paul had learned to transform his mind through the Word of God. His conditions in life did not determine his mind set. He was focus and Christ was his goal. He was not focus on what he had to go through, who was against him, who was talking about him, who was trying to kill him, who was trying to discredit him as an Apostle.
Paul had a goal in mind and he was determined at all cost to fulfill it. Therefore he was able to bold proclaim that "he could do all things through Christ who strengthens him." Paul knew that there was a prize to be won. Let's listen to Philippians 3:14 - 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Let us follow the example that Paul laid out for us in the Word of God on today. If we do, we too can boldly confess in the midst of our storm these same faith filled words the Apostle Paul spoke in this text on today. Philippians 4:13-I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Let's listen: Philippians 3:15-21 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
It is not so much about what we go through, but who is with you while we are going through. King David declared these words in Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Paul and David are examples of the mindset that God is calling all of us to have on today. Yes, the storms of life is raging, but our God, the Almighty God, is still at the steering wheel of our all of our lives.
1 John 4:4 - Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for giving you the strength to be able to do all things through Him who strengthens you. Thank him for a mind that is stayed on Him and not all of the chaos that is in the world today.
God bless and I love you all with the love of Christ.