Strengthened through Christ

Strengthened through Christ

This week I have been really chewing on Philippians 4 and I was reminded that this verse (4:13), mostly seen as a platitude for whatever it is someone is DOING, is actually the testimony of Paul’s reliance on the Lord.

See, in the verses prior (10-12), Paul had just finished thanking the church at Philippi for their gifts and concern expressed for him, and how he had learned to live with much or little, depending on the circumstances in which the Lord placed him. Consider his statement, “I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”

Contentment. That’s what strikes me after digesting that verse.

Then you read Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” The Greek verb here for “I can do” is “ischyō” and literally means “to be strong, to have power”. Paul is pointing back to his source of strength to walk through hunger, abundance, need, etc. What an excellent reminder that the strength we have is not about “my” goals, “my” accomplishments, but about relying on the One who has filled me with His strength to glorify Him!

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