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Monday, December 18, 2017

Strength Comes From Drawing On Christ’s Power

In review of Philippians 4:13 it says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Bottom Line:
Christ will give you the strength to face anything

What this means to me:
I can do everything that God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the power and the strength.

Today's passage comes from Philippians 4, in it Paul tells us how he is able to face whatever comes his way. He know how to be content whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. The secret was drawing on Christ's power for strength. I too can learn to rely on God's promises and Christ's power to help me be content. If I find myself wanting more, ask God to remove that desire and teach me contentment in every circumstance. He will supply all my needs, but in a way that he knows is best for me.

Paul was content because he could see life from God's point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. Paul had detached himself from the nonessentials so that he could concentrate on the eternal. Often the desire for more or better prossessions is really a longing to fill an empty place in life. To what am I drawn when I feel empty inside? How can I find true contentment? The answer lies in my perspective, my priorities, and my source of power.

Can I really do everything? The power we receive in union with Christ is sufficient to do his will and to face the challenges that arise from my commitment to doing it. He does not grant use superhuman ability to accomplish anything we can imagine without regard to his interests. As we contend for the faith, we will face troubles, pressures, and trials. As they come, ask Christ to strengthen me.

So I can transform my attitude from “I can’t” to “I will by the grace of God.” God is all-powerful and He deeply desires to give me the very best. In order to receive it, I need to anticipate that I’ll receive His best. If I think I’m going to succeed, I will. If I think I’ll fail, I will.  It’s better to focus on achieving excellence in all I do, and get ready to fight the floodgates of rich success!