Philippians 4:13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
I awaken this morning to the sound of “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me,” running through my head. What an amazing truth. Knowing that no matter what my personal struggles may be, how hard a situation looks, what I may be up against or who says I cannot, God’s word tells me I can.
When I think of doing simple task such as moving through my day, preparing a lesson, a meal or cleaning my house, I realize that I need God’s help to do so. When interacting with people, with all of our different personalities, values, and beliefs, I need God. To listen first and speak later; to show love even when I feel the situation does not warrant it, I need God. In times of loss and in times of gain; during my bereavement or the welcoming of new life, I need God.
I need God to help me to respond in a way that is God-like because I cannot do it on my own. I cannot smile in the mist of adversity, on my own. I cannot not be strong when my body is physically weak, on my own. I cannot show love when hatred so obviously surrounds me, on my own. But through Christ, who lives in me, all things all possible.
Learning to live a life totally dependent on God is a life of discipline and peace. Trusting God is all that He want us to do; knowing who we are to Him and knowing in Him invites us to the table to feast in his presence. I woke up this morning knowing, because of Christ who lives in me, I am sufficient, capable, more than enough. So yes, I can and you can do all things that God has set before us, through Christ, who is our strength.