I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Many people think of this verse in a personal way meaning they can do all things personally. They want to be successful. They want to be comfortable. They want to be well thought of. They want enough to eat and to entertain them. We often misquote this verse and we need to make sure that we understand the verse as Paul intended for us to understand it.
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11–13).
Paul is telling us that, no matter what circumstances we have, good or bad, we can overcome that by having Christ in our life. Paul is saying, the secret to being content is Christ. In any situation, even if you are alone in a dark Roman prison, you can be content through Christ’s strength. That’s what Philippians means by doing “all things through Him.” It’s about finding complete satisfaction in Jesus Christ, even in the middle of the valley of the shadow of death. No matter what comes our way in our lives as Christians, we, like Paul, are to learn contentment and go through each trial knowing that Christ Himself will strengthen us to do so. Philippians 4:13 isn’t about every one of your dreams coming true. It’s about God giving you the strength to face anything and everything that tries to keep you from living out God’s mission.
Write down things that you have overcome during your tough times; write also those things that you accomplish. Ask yourself, during the times that you are down, who is there to help you, who gives you strength when you think you are at your weakest life, who is the one who is at your side that never leaves you? During the times that you accomplish something, who you think help you go through it? Who gives you the courage and strength to pursue your dreams? If your answer is Jesus Christ, then, thank Him. Let say this prayer together:
Our most gracious heavenly Father, we thank you for the life that you gave us, thank you for the opportunity to live again. We ask for your forgiveness for our short comings. We know that you are merciful and gracious loving Father. Lord, we are blessed because we know you, we are blessed because you came to our life and save us, thank you that You are always in our midst through ups and downs, You are always here besides us, guiding us protecting us and never living us. We are very grateful to have You as our Savior. In everything we do, we give it back to you. Amen.