Philippians 4:13 (NIV) I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
This is a popular verse with believers. There is much encouragement stuffed in this one sentence of just 11 words. However, when I read the same words in the Amplified version of the Bible, it was a jump start to my heart. I can do all things… but not all things are beneficial. (I Corinthians 6:12) I can do all things through Him (according to His Will) which means I must remain in Jesus and He must live in me. Jesus is my strength. For Him to be that in my life requires dependency and trust that does not allow control or self-confidence. There is so much more in this passage that I believe will change us if we fully comprehend its meaning, so…
Philippians 4:13 (AMP) I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
It is human nature to seek God when one cannot accomplish or achieve the desired result through self. Faith is for the unseen reality of hope yet it is not limited to heavenly things. It is only natural to attempt to control one’s environment which is only as good as our human strength and life’s circumstances indicate. There will be days that the realm of hope becomes the only place our impossible can become possible so it is in that moment that God becomes God and self takes a step back.
I am encouraged today that I can do all things which He has called me to do through Him. Are you? The alignment of our life with Jesus is the engrafting of our life to His Will. It means following His Instructions and yielding our life – body, mind, soul and spirit to His Ways. Sin is no longer tolerated but sacrificed daily through repentance to seek His Face, know His Will and fulfill His Calling. Otherwise, this verse is not for you or me.
I am excited today that through Jesus I am strengthened and empowered to fulfill His Purpose. Are you? Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life of abundance. (John 10:10) As our soul prospers, our life will prosper, too. (3 John 1:2) He is ready, willing, and able to do more than we can think, ask or imagine. This is all according to the plan set forth by God before we were born. (Psalm 139:16) His Plan is a good one with a future and hope acquired only by those who seek Him wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) He must increase therefore I must decrease (John 3:30) to make room for spiritual growth, development and maturity that produces an abundance of fruit in my life (John 15:7-8).
To fulfill His Purpose, I am self-sufficient in Christ’s Sufficiency. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace. Boom! This gets the motor going for those who desire God’s Purpose. To know that the sufficiency of Christ is within me and His Power infuses me. This may be my favorite part of this scripture. Too often people do not understand that Jesus is the Word of God who came to us. The Word made flesh. (John 1:1-3;14) It is through Jesus that all things are possible when we believe that carries over to the implication of strength in Philippians 4:13. He wants to give us His Sufficiency and His Power all possible by His Grace.
I Corinthians 12:8-10 (AMP) Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].
Last week, the battery in my husband’s truck was dead. I had to “jump start” his vehicle so he could go buy a new one from the auto part store. Once the cables were connected, he turned the key in the ignition and it fired right up. When I read in Philippians 4:13 that Christ is my Sufficiency and I am infused with His Power to do anything – it seems kind of like using one battery to charge the other. However, the battery in my husband’s truck was dead. It needed new life. It had to be replaced or he would continue to have to get a new jump start after each stop. Oh hear me friend, God doesn’t want to jump start our heart. He wants to give us a new one.
Grace gives us a new heart. Ezekiel 36:26 tell us that God will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you by removing the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Jesus has provided the grace for God to complete this good work in us. The Power of God manifested through Christ inherited by His People can only make it to those who decide to accept it. The need is usually accentuated through a “thorn in our flesh” that cannot be superficially removed. The kind deep within the human heart that needs holy extraction.
“My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.”
Thankfully grace is the sufficiency of Christ given to us. It is more than enough. Always available regardless of the situation. His Power is perfected in our weakness given to His Strength. It is complete. It shows itself effective to those who ask for it waiting on it. See God wants to be our strength. It is up to us to make the connection.
Does your heart need a jump start today? Sometimes even Christianity can be plagued by monotony. It is then that are relationship turns to religion. When our worship becomes habit and our service routine, it is time to reconnect and let the Lord jump start our heart. A tell-tale sign is when our strength in life is not moving mountains or prayers go unanswered, it may be time to ask for a new heart or a renewed spirit? When human possibility is the reality lived in. God I ask you go jump start our hearts today to the hidden possibility and potential only possible through Your Son – Jesus! We want you…all of you!
Romans 16:24-27 (AMP) [The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.] Now to Him who is able to establish and strengthen you [in the faith] according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery [of the plan of salvation] which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now has been disclosed and through the prophetic Scriptures has been made known to all the nations, according to the commandment of the eternal God, leading them to obedience to the faith, to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forevermore! Amen.