“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV
Today this verse reminded me of both the simple and the great things that we encounter on this journey of pursuing God.
For each of us there are times when facing a particular day can seem unbearable. For others, it might be the desperate need for a long awaited miracle, and the fortitude to continue to wait and trust while it seems like it is failing to unfold.
Yet this verse offers strength for each season of my life. Everything that God has placed in my life He has given me what I need to do it and to do it in a manner that produces an overcomer. What hope we really have. He is good.
This verse starts very personal. I, Freda, not some other guy, or just the guys in the Bible, but me, in my life, in my moment, in my days of victory or my moments of greatest personal discouragement. I, Freda, can, am able to, am capable of. What am I capable of? Of doing, accomplishing, and achieving all things.
All things speak of entirely, each thing, every little thing, every condition, any thing. This causes me to remember today that each thing God lays before me, I am capable of doing. He does not ask for my obedience in some thing and then not give me what I need to obey. He says, You have what you need to do, to accomplish to achieve all that I have asked of you.”
The interesting thing is that so many times I find myself trying to “do” this in my own strength. Yet, if you carry on in this verse you will see that He never once asked me to do this in my strength. Actually, He tells me how the job will get done. Through Christ. Through the Good Shepherd. Through is; the result of, or because of, or at the hand of. At the Hand of Christ we can do all things.
I can’t do all things through myself. That is a false hope and it will produce failed results and a frustrated heart. It will make me angry when I don’t live up to the expectations, but when I understand that there is a way to do what He has asked and even that has been made through Him. He really is the Way. In every way.
So, I am seeing more and more that Freda really is able to do much more than she thinks, IF she will submit her heart to let the Good Shepherd be the WAY.
Don’t get me wrong, God does not step in and say, “never mind, I will do this for you.” He simple leads us and guides us and empowers us to do what He has asked us to do. This does not leave me off the hook. Quite the opposite. I must be willing to submit to His road and His walk. He will then strengthen my heart. Strengthen implies a lot of wonderful things like; increase, establish, restore, renew, build up, sustain, and invigorate.
Every bit of Freda’s journey is about her connection to her Father. If I am willing to go through Him, I can do all things and will be strengthened and renewed for every thing, whether small or great.
Where can you find any other love like that? We have a God who supplies us the way to accomplish everything that is ever laid out to be worked out in our lives.
Freda can do all things through Christ (THE WAY) who strengthens her. Today I choose not to make my own way, but to embrace the way, truth, and life. He really is enough for every thing I will ever need. Whether it is the strength to change an attitude in my life or change a nation. He is the way.