” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philip 4:13 NKJV
Sometime ago, as I was turning the pages of scripture, I came across very familiar and encouraging verse from Paul. The more I thought about it, the more it in awaken in me revelation about faith in my life; and the biggest reason for that I belive was, the faith statement of Paul in it. There is saving faith that we have when receiving Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior; in addition, there is faith that grows within us and that is a process of a lifetime. For that reason, I believe Apostle John wrote, “I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.“ (1 John 2:13 NKJV). The fact that they are fathers (I believe it talks about spiritual fatherhood rather than physical), which shows the maturity and depth of experience in Christ. John goes further to explain that they known Him. The progression of faith in knowing who Christ and Father are through-out the lifetime.
How often it’s easy for us to express our past difficulties and the victories over them that followed. We think of our past hardship and now since it’s all better; we tell others with much ease that it will be good. However, remember when you were in that difficult situation? Was that wasn’t easy at all to go through? Most likely than not, it was hard; and it was difficult. The struggle was real. Paul reflecting on his life said, “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Phil 4:11 NKJV). Later Paul explains, “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Phil 4:12 NKJV). After that description Paul concludes that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. In there lies a great faith statement from Paul; because, throughout his life, he seen Christ be faithful in strengthening him in best of times as well as the worst.
The faith of Pual was solid in Christ, because he knew that Christ will always strength him.
Reflect back on your life. How we constantly chase the “grater faith” slogan. We talk and think and desire faith. And at times, I wonder if we got the faith; would, we know that we have it? Would we use it as we think we would? Faith comes from knowing and being confident, with hope, that Christ will come thought in every situation. In the most darkest of times or the brightest. Ultimately, it will grow to be your faith statement and your personal relationship with God will mature. As you lookin back at your life and see how God came and is coming through. Journal that. Write it on your phone. Share with the close ones. Thank Christ for being so faithful. Have that life of worship and thanksgiving to Him. Your faith will grow in trust and confidence of Christ, for He was faithful.
Grow in that faith. So you can, unison with Paul, proclaim, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Be blessed!