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I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengthens Me | Get, Do, Be Better

by Daniel Hanson II 13 Feb 2024 0 Comments

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Ah, that age-old whisper of hope that echoes through the valleys of our struggles but can we do all things through Christ which strengthens us? There's a soul-stirring power in those words from Philippians 4:13, isn't there? It's like a personal anthem for the days when the world seems too heavy to bear—when you feel like a tiny boat tossing about in a relentless sea of worries. But then, these words roll over your spirit like a gentle wave, and suddenly, there’s an anchor. Christ. The strength that stirs beneath your sails.

Let's unpack that, shall we?

The Bedrock Verse: Philippians 4:13

The Bible, that ancient tapestry woven with timeless truths, holds Paul's letter to the Philippians close to its heart. A jewel in the crown of Scripture, Paul ponders upon his life's turbulent journey—a testament to finding joy amidst adversity and struggle. He pens down these hearty words: "I can do all things, and through Christ, He strengthens me." It’s not about superhuman powers, not at all. It's about the supernatural backing that gives us the kick to get through... well, life.

I've been there, you've been there—we've all been at crossroads where every direction feels like the wrong turn. There are mornings we play a game of tug-of-war with courage just to plant our feet on the cold floor. Let me tell you, child of grace, it's in these paper-thin moments of weakness that Christ's strength becomes most evident.

Sometimes, digging into the King James Version feels like stepping back into a time where language was an art, eloquent and profound. It's there I find the words “all these things” beautifully laid out in the gospel. In the book of James, there’s talk of trials and temptations, you know, those things that have a way of making us feel so hungry for some semblance of control in our lives. Yet, Jesus Christ walks through these verses, a king among proverbs, pointing us to a faith that is alive and active.

And here's the thing about being hungry—it's a raw, honest place, a place that demands respect. Whether it’s a hunger of the body, heart, or soul, it often drives us into the wilderness, a place where every situation looks like a mountain high and a valley deep. But isn't that where faith finds its feet? Where our hunger leads us to depend on more than our own strength? It resonates with the gospel in such a visceral way. "Blessed are ye, you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied," promises Luke. And isn't Jesus just the bread of life we need in our hunger?

The thing is, every situation, especially the ones that stretch us thin, has something to teach us. They're the stones we use to sharpen the sword of our spirit. Every one of those moments, big and small, they’re shaping us, aren't they? Molding us into something far more resilient and understanding than we were before. Like James tells us, consider it joy when you face trials of many kinds, because it’s testing your faith—and that’s gold, pure and simple. A faith that can't be shaken, because it’s weathered storms, fought battles, and come out stronger on the other side.

Remember this, dear reader, when you stand face to face with the roaring winds, you’re not standing alone. Christ is standing with you, and there's a strength in that connection that can move mountains, calm storms, and soothe hungry hearts. It's a strength that says, in any and every situation, "I am here, always." And at the end of the day, that’s the assurance that echoes back through the ages into the corners of our very souls.

Walking The Walk

But how? How do we weave this golden thread of truth into the fabric of our daily grind? It starts with a sunrise conversation—prayer mixed with meditation on Philippians 4:13. Roll it over your tongue. Taste its sweetness. Challenges that dare knock on your door? They're just opportunities wearing daunting masks, and you, my friend, you're backed by the mightiest force.

Let self-doubt take the backseat. Replace its nagging whispers with the booming affirmation of Christ's strength within you. And remember, you’re not a solo act. Seek out your tribe and let your faith be a communal bonfire that warms and illuminates.

Gratitude is another key practice. Look back with a smile on what you've weathered. Whether you realize it or not, each victory was a duet with divinity.

Sometimes, in the huddled quiet of a church, you can almost hear the murmurs of the word — the Lord speaking directly to every aching soul sitting in the pews. We don’t always talk about it, do we? The humbleness that swells within the walls of a sanctuary, the shared silence that whispers, "Here is where you are meant to be." That's where the rubber meets the road, where the theoretical dances with the real, where Jesus Christ doesn’t just walk on the water of the pages, but strides into every situation with an offer to carry the load, no matter how heavy it weighs on our shoulders.

And in these gathered moments of communal faith, where voices rise and fall in prayer and praise, there’s an understanding that to abound in Christ’s love is not just to be filled, but to overflow. "Christ which strengtheneth" — we carry these words in our pockets, like a smooth stone to thumb when the inevitable doubts and fears crowd the edges of our days. They are a promise that out in the world, beyond the church doors, every interaction is a chance to reflect that abundant love, that resilience born of faith. We pivot from feeling like we're barely surviving, to knowing we're thriving, dancing through life's tempests to a rhythm set by grace.

An Eclectic Mix Of Faith-Fueling Verses

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Besides Philippians 4:13, the Bible isn't shy to cheer us on with other power-packed verses. In John 15:5, Jesus nudges us with the assurance that we are branch and He is vine; without Him, we can do nothing. But with Him? Oh, that's a different story!

Then Ephesians 6:10 hands us the spiritual armor, firming us up to stand strong in the Lord's mighty power. And let's not forget 1 Peter 5:10. After we've suffered a little while, God himself restores us, making us strong, firm, and steadfast. There's a rhythm to these words, a sense of promise that resonates with the pulse of every believer.

So, when we talk about cross-references in the Scriptures, it's like unraveling a golden thread through the fabric of a tapestry, each verse a patch in a divine quilt. I'm reminded of Romans 8:28 in the King James Version: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." Think of that "all things" for a second—it's not just the sunny days and easy wins, is it? It's also the midnight tears and the heartaches of we'd rather forget, the very stuff we suffer through in our quietest battles.

But suffering, ah, it's given a context that morphs within the sovereignty of His script—like in Romans 5:3-5, where it talks about suffering producing perseverance, and perseverance, character; and character, hope. It's a kaleidoscope that turns our troubles into transforming triumphs. And in each twist and turn, there's this thread, "through Christ," that stitches the rest of us back together, stronger.

It's wild, really, how the word "through" can change everything. Through is Christ's strengthening — it’s not just about sailing calm waters but also navigating storms. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me," Paul pens in Philippians 4:13. Somehow, that verse feels tailored for every situation, doesn't it? It assures us that our strength isn't contingent on the whim of the weather but anchored in the one who commands the wind and waves.

Each scar, every healing, echoes Hebrews 12:1 - "Let us run with patience the race that is set before us." So, we embrace our unique courses, each step a note in an ongoing symphony of grace and growth. And, when our calves ache and our breaths run ragged, that's when we're called to remember: we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. "Conquerors" — isn't that a word that just leaps off the page and into our bones? It's a title bestowed not after the battle but in the very midst of it, as we suffer and forge ahead, because He is with us, within every context and verse.

Oh, to have sufferings is human, but to find meaning, divine. We cross-reference our lives with His word, and it's like the chapters of the Bible are whispering, "Keep going. I'm here. In every high and every low." And we can't help but listen.

Real-life Moments with Jesus Christ

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Imagine standing before a crowd, your knees doing that shaky dance. Public speaking can be outright terrifying, don't I know it? But it's here that we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us then transforms from a bible verse into reality.

Or those work situations that tie your stomach up in knots. The pressure, the deadlines, the expectations abound. It’s like walking a tightrope, but with Christ as your anchor, you're guaranteed secure footing, even above the abyss of stress.

Life is an interesting teacher; it hands us our toughest lessons. And in those setbacks—personal, excruciating ones—we find a strength we never knew we had.

And we speak of relationships, don't we? The countless coffee dates, the dinners that stretch long into the night. The laughter, the tears shared... it's there, in the thick of it, where "whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Philippians 4:11) is no longer a flicker of ancient script on Bible pages but the very fabric of our being. It's when we're instructed by life itself, not in a classroom, but in the tender confessions, in the electric silence between words, where we learn the art of contentment.

Then there's trouble, with its knack for showing up uninvited. We face it head-on in the late-night work sessions, the endless balances of family life, the lonely battles against our own insecurities. Yet, we're never alone. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" (Philippians 4:13)—whispered like a mantra, a balm to the weary spirit. It's not just about weathering the storm; it's about knowing the Lord is our steadfast companion, turning each ordeal into a testament of faith.

Crafting Authenticity

Believing these truths doesn't mean you won't wobble. What it means is when you do—because let's face it, you will—there's a steadfast hand ready to catch you.

"It’s okay," this journey whispers. "It’s okay." Because every stumble is a chance to lean into Christ anew; every crack in our armor a space for His light to shine through. To be Christian is not to be unbreakable, but rather unbreakable because of whom we lean on.

So, let's learn this secret together—the secret of contentment in each and every situation, the mystery behind Paul's words. It's trust. Simple, unwavering, knees-bent-in-prayer trust. And in doing so, we find the answer, both simple and profound: We can do all things through Christ, the Christ who strengthens us—come what may.

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