Reading Paul’s letters to the Church has been the focus of my Bible studies lately. I like how Paul is encouraging and how he sets a great example for us. He shows us how to stay in faith and how to stand in the Lord. He talks about being content in all things and rejoicing in the Lord no matter what is going on in our lives. I love that! I love that inspiration from the Holy Spirit. It is not easy to be content and to be joyful when we are facing hard times but Paul encourages us to tap into the joy of the Lord at all times. He depicts the life of a believer in Christ by insisting on how we should walk in love and be in harmony with the Lord. One of the most popular verses used around the world comes from one of Paul’s letters. It is found in Philippians chapter 4. Paul says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”* He makes that declaration after talking about how he is able to be content in all things. His strength is in the Lord. The Lord helps Him do all things. What things is he talking about? All things that the Lord wants Him to do He is able to do thanks to God. I think it is important to understand what “all things” mean. A few verses before, he mentions that whatever things are pure, noble, holy, lovely and of good report should be what we think about. We can do all things pure, noble, holy, love and of good report through Christ who strengthens us. Being content in the midst of chaos is something Paul says he can do through Christ. We have the same Savior. We have the same Lord. We can be content in all things through Christ who strengthens us.
You and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. All the good things the Lord says we can do, we can do them. Think about the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Sometimes it seems impossible to let the fruit grow in our lives. We try to walk in love. We try to stay at peace but we have internal turmoil. Paul says we can do it. Paul tells us that we can do all these things through Christ. Next time you are struggling with the fruit of the Spirit, remind yourself that you can do all things through Christ. It is not in your own power. It is not in your own strength. You can be the person the Lord wants you to be through Him. He is the doorway to your destiny. He is the doorway to the person you are meant to be. Don’t be hard on yourself. God is there to assist you and He has the power it takes for you to do all things. There is a plan for your life and many aspects of the plan can appear to be impossible to you. However, nothing is impossible to God. If He wants something for you, He will make it happen. All things are possible with God. Remember that!
Being able to do all things through Christ is a truth that I am inviting you to embrace. Nothing is too hard for God and nothing that is before you is too hard for you to handle because Christ in you is your strength. Rejoice in the Lord and thank Him for all the things you can do. I think that we believers don’t know the extent of what we can do through Christ. He is the power behind everything. If we acknowledge Him in all we do and give Him the glory, we will see the power of His might at work in our lives. I find that every time I thank God for what I can do through Him, I can do more than what my mind tells me I can do. The Lord takes over when we put our trust in Him. Today I want to encourage you to go the distance and to do things through Christ. Say out loud that you can do all things through Christ. Say that nothing can stop you to do good things through Him. Say that you can be content in all things through Him. Say that you can walk in love, be at peace, be joyful, be patient, be good, be faithful and have self-control thanks to Jesus. You can do it all, friend and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Philippians 4:13*; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 6:10