October 1

Recently in our church we have been studying through the book of Philippians. There are so many great truths to realize in that short little book. There is one that sticks out to all of us and many of us can even quote the verse, but many of us may never realize the depth of its meaning because we jump off the train too quick. It is the verse that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We often say this verse to pump us up before facing some challenge, but the reality is Paul is writing this in the context of being a prisoner when he can’t provide for himself. He was telling the Philippian church who had just sent him provisions that he knows what it is like to have much and to have little but the secret of contentment is in the knowing that in Jesus he is and without Jesus he is not.  This was not a statement to pump or psych out the Apostle Paul during a rough patch in his journey but rather the reality that he lived within. On the outside Paul was a prisoner with much need, but on the inside Paul states he is full and filled with abundance because it is Christ who strengthens him.

We see in this short letter that Paul had a different perspective than the rest of us. He did not let his attitude be dictated by his circumstances, but rather his attitude or mood was dictated in his love for Jesus and the love he knew Jesus had for him. Circumstances change in our lives but the love of God never does, and He is always our provision.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

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