I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the Bible’s best-known verses: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. These ten words have extraordinary power when we fully understand their meaning. If we use only our own forces, there will be obstacles in front of us that we could not move. If we use only our intellect, there will be problems so difficult that we would not solve them even thinking about them during our whole life. The source of our power is not in ourselves, but in Christ, and in Him, we can do everything.
Although there are people who believe themselves to be all-powerful, the truth is that the human being has his limits. It is impossible that we can lift a load ten times greater than our weight, nor can we run at 100 miles per hour or fly like birds. And although there are people with a high IQ, no man or woman is able to fully understand all the secrets of the universe. We do not have superpowers like the science fiction characters.
In history there have been men and women who have believed themselves so powerful that they thought they could achieve everything. From the Macedonian Alexander the Great to the German Adolf Hitler, many have tried to conquer the whole known world. However, none of them have managed to achieve that goal and have stayed on the road. And I have no doubt that all of them have only relied on their own strength.
When we recognize our weaknesses and trust that the one who strengthens us is the Lord, everything will be possible according to what the Scripture says. This was very much taken into account by the apostle Paul when he said what is written in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We do not know exactly what the thorn was in Paul’s flesh; but it was a weakness in which the power of Christ acted for His glory. As long as we do not give the green light to the Lord to work in us, but we strive to do things in our own strength, it will be impossible for us to be strengthened by Him. If we really long for everything in Christ that strengthens us, we should side our own power and show us vulnerable before Him so that it is His strength, not ours, to be perfected in our weakness.
Christ is the power of God, as the Bible states in 1 Corinthians 1:24: but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Will there be greater power than God? No way, so that infinite power is at the disposal of those who have been called, the chosen, the children of God. Do not let the circumstances around you dictate what is going to happen to you. Stand firm and tell that immovable mountain that is before you: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God bless you.