Philippians 4

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“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”

This is a verse that is often misquoted or misapplied. This is not some mantra that we are to recite so that we can achieve our selfish goals.

Taking insight from the context, this sentence is an expression of contentment and the ability to maintain a godly posture in any situation of life that has been placed before us. Whether it is abundance in comfort and prosperity, the seemingly mundane, or the times of want and affliction, Christ gives the strength to sustain His believers’ faithfulness through all matters of life. The goal is peace in Christ in spite of temporal comforts or discomforts.

Often we feel ourselves burdened, wearied, troubled by life’s tempest, discontent with the ample prosperity already given to us, or arrogant because of it. Yet through it all,  we are called to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God,” If we dwell upon whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, anything excellent, and anything worthy of praise, then the requests made to God in all situations will be geared for a greater conformity to Christ who alone is true, pure, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of greatest repute, most excellent, and worthy of all praise.

 

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