“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
~ Philippians 4:13
Certain things we read in the Bible isn’t meant to be interpreted literally. We must always consider the context and how it was written to know what exactly the Bible is communicating. Paul wouldn’t be a Doctor if he wanted to, he wouldn’t be an engineer if he wanted to. He must have to do medical courses if he wanted to be a medical doctor! How then would he have said he could do all things through Christ who gives him strength? There are obviously things Pauls wanted to do that he couldn’t do. How should we make this confession about ourselves? Should we just quote it to mean that we can do anything we want to do? Get this very clearly:
1. All things don’t mean everything
2. Your all things could be different from another person’s all things.
3. You can only do certain things through the strength of Christ.
It is very important to know that all things in this context don’t mean everything! Paul would not be saying “I can fornicate” because Christ does not empower us to do that The power Christ gives to us is that which makes us live a sacrificed and submitted life! The power of Christ has been given to us in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit empowers us for ministry! The things Paul was referring to was exclusive “discipline in ministry” and has nothing to do with making money, having jobs and being materially rich. Let us read in context “I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances. I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
POINT TO NOTE
In the previous verses, we can quickly discover that Paul was simply saying “I have lived a contented life for the sake of this gospel. I do so because Christ empowers me to do it. If I must go by the desires of the flesh, I would not have suffered the flesh to be dedicated to the ministry of reconciliation.” In the areas of our weakness that would limit us from witnessing Jesus, there is a constant supply of strength! Therefore we can reach out for Jesus even in inconvenience through Christ who strengthens us. In essence, Paul was saying “I manifest the fruit of the Spirit because Christ empowers me to do so.”
“I manifest the extraordinary fruit of the Spirit because Christ empowers me to do so. I am content with what God has released to me.”
Thank you, Lord, for the empowerment supplied to me in Christ Jesus. Whatever you have called me to do, I am committed to it because you don’t just call people, you empower people to do what you have called them to do.
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