Phil 4.13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Apparently, this is one of the motivational verses for weightlifters!   Another is Eph 6.10 Finally be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.  Both these are good examples of verses used out of context, but it does make you smile. A few days ago, one of my neighbours came and asked for help with a battery hand drill which was jammed. I gave it one strong twist and it was undone. “How did you do that?” he asked. “ I am doing that sort of thing all the time as I am mending bikes” I responded.  I believe this is a spiritual principle too. As we regularly exercise our faith in situations, we build up spiritual muscle, so when really difficult things happen, we have developed spiritual strength and can overcome with his help.

I have watched in the church over the years as people have hit difficult or testing times. One response is to withdraw from everything, including people, as well as shedding activities and responsibilities to get through the difficult time. Another response is to draw closer to God, asking for prayer and strength to get through.   I am sure reducing activities as well as resting can often be helpful, but this verse can also help us. “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Finding extra strength and help from him can see us through those difficulties.

I have had some really tricky bike problems recently, where I could not see a solution. I have talked to myself, I have prayed, and I have declared out this verse.  Instead of being overwhelmed I have found some ingenious solutions that I believe God has given me. Can I encourage you that before you get too discouraged in a difficult situation, you declare out this verse to yourself, perhaps also with another believer in the fellowship.  Try drawing a bit closer to God and get a few in the church to pray for you.  You will most certainly find God coming alongside you and helping you overcome.  You will be able to look back and say” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


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