Philippians Chapter 4
This week’s reading is from Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The ten words in this verse are almost like magic words. Magicians perform amazing feats with just a word “Abracadabra.” That’s not for real. Ali Baba in the Arabian Nights opened the door to the robbers’ cave with a secret command “Open Sesame.” That was make-believe. Those of us who grew up watching Captain Kangaroo will never forget his magic words, “Please and thank you.” Those are good words for sure, but not necessarily magic!
The ten words in verse 13 are for real. I might go as far as saying that they are the most powerful words in the world. These ten little words, if understood and believed, and really believed, will enable you to overcome any obstacle, conquer every challenge, fight off every foe, bear any burden, and shoulder any sacrifice. Just seven little words! “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” These words apply to you and me as certainly as they did to the Apostle Paul. This “Can do” attitude absolutely has no limits. It is a sad fact of human nature that we seldom accomplish more than we think we can. No matter what challenges we are facing with these ten words we can overcome and succeed. It is amazing what you can do when you don’t know you can’t. David didn’t know Goliath was too big to stop. Caleb didn’t know the Promised Land couldn’t be conquered or that he was too old at 85 to continue to fight and win battles. Joshua didn’t know Jericho’s walls were too strong. Elijah didn’t know his enemies were too many.
Faith is more than positive thinking. But it is never less. God has never accomplished anything through folk who say “I can’t!” Often, though, He starts with people who say “I can’t” but He changes them to “I can” people like when He first called Moses to lead Israel. He was an “I can’t” person, but God changed him into the leader of a new nation. God has moved mountains, toppled kingdoms, and turned the world upside down with ordinary folk who say “I can! I can!” Not “I might, I should, or I could if only.” I can do all things through Christ. So how can we knock the “T” out of can’t? We knock it out through faith and perseverance, not faith in ourselves, but faith in God. Perseverance is the ability to keep on going even when the going gets tough. I think that many times we quit too soon. In many cases, if we had just continued we would have accomplished what we were trying to accomplish, but we quit too soon. The truth is this: Through perseverance and faith IN CHRIST “I can”, “You can”, “We can” do all things!