….for you if God is leading you to do it.
For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. -Philippians 4:13
As I’m sitting here going through my late Sunday reading (as an aside, I must say I’ve become much more diligent in reading my Bible. I’ve struggled with that over the years, but the last few weeks I’ve been pretty consistent and I’ve noticed a difference in me even in that short time), I came across the verse above from Philippians 4, that I bet has been misconstrued greatly over time. It’s interesting to note that this verse does not say anything about doing anything we want through our own power, in fact it leaves no room for human effort at all. We only can do it through Christ, who gives us strength. Nothing is too difficult if God is leading you to do it.
I was reading through some more of Joyce Meyer’s book Power Thoughts again and this verse is the focal point of her first power thought. She suggests that when challenges arise, immediately say to yourself, “I can do whatever I need to do through Christ who is my strength.” I suspect that if I keep those thoughts in the forefront of my mind, I won’t be as easily overwhelmed when difficult situations arise.
One important point to make, this verse does not mean that difficult situations won’t occur or that they will resolve quickly, but that God will give us the strength and endurance we need, when we need it.