I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
-Philippians 4:13 (KJ2000)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
Jesus warns us that without Him, we can do nothing and yet Paul rejoices that through Christ we can do all things. What a seeming contradiction and yet what a glorious truth is pronounced in this staggering Word from God. The works of the flesh- the ‘old man’ – ‘the old sin nature’- the first, ‘terrestrial‘ creation born of Adam, can produce nothing of value but wood, hay and stubble.
The works of the spirit – the new ‘born-again nature’- ‘the new life in Christ’- the second ‘spiritual‘ creation born of the second Adam, can do all things through the power of Christ that flows into us, and through us, and out of us to others. Every common task to which we place our shoulder and each Christian duty, which we are called upon to perform, can only be successfully discharged as we rely on the Lord Jesus alone for His guidance and strength. We are to live and work and be strong in the LORD, and in His power of His might – not in the strength and power of our own fleshly, human abilities.
We are to be strengthened in the ‘inner man,‘ by the might of the indwelling Spirit of God. This is not a one time strengthening – but a moment by moment reliance upon Him, until we are increasingly able to act upon His guidance, as we learn to listen to His voice saying, “this is the way..” – for it is not by my strength or by my power that I can do all things – but through Christ… who gives me His strength.
“Not by might nor by power – but by My Spirit says the Lord.”
Teach me, my Father, to look to Jesus each moment of the day for my strength, and not to my own imperfect, human abilities and intelligence – for without You I can do nothing. But thanks be to God that as I rest in Christ Jesus, He will empower me through His Spirit to carry out Your will and not mine, in my life, to Your praise and glory, AMEN