Strength and Encouragement
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me – Philippians 4:13
It is not uncommon in human experience to run up against things that are bigger than we are, that we simply cannot overcome in our own strength. It may be a lust that threatens to consume us, an addiction that repeatedly overcomes us, a resentment that is growing inside us, or a sorrow that seems to paralyze us.
It is also not uncommon to try to grit our teeth, hunch our backs, and seek to make it through by sheer determination. We tell ourselves we can overcome if we just try hard enough. Isn’t that what being a good Christian means?
Yet here is the mighty apostle Paul admitting that his strength does not come from himself, or from his own willpower. He is not trying to do it on his own. Rather, he is looking to Jesus Christ for the power and deliverance he needs.
How can you make it through this trial? Through Christ. How can you overcome that temptation or addiction? Through Christ. How can you rise above your grief or depression? Through Christ. There is nothing that you cannot do through the strength that Christ has promised to you. Turn to him, beloved, and find for yourself the confidence, the joy, the strength that Paul found through Christ.