Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (AMP)
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
“Hi, Jay. I’m calling to check on you.”
“We’re doing okay. Thanks for asking.” His voice was somber, but strong.
Whenever I call my brother and his wife, Wendy, it’s hard to keep my voice from cracking with emotion. Last August, their second (and youngest) son was killed in a motorcycle accident. (See “Jesus Wept” post).
In the weeks following the accident, I often wondered how he could be doing so well. But it wasn’t really a mystery. He and Wendy have always been forthcoming regarding the source of their strength: God.
What about you? Are you also undergoing a horrific trial? Or do you need God’s strength to complete a challenging task (even cleaning the house while working full-time or as a mother of small children)?
Perhaps you’re relying on His power to help you to be a better spouse, employer/employee, student, or neighbor. Or maybe you’re trusting Him to help you forgive someone – or yourself.
God knows how to enter into our lives and help us succeed at anything that is part of His plan for us. Notice how the Amplified Bible (above) states it: “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me.”
Ready for anything and equal to anything. Wow!
In the April edition of “In Touch” magazine, Charles Stanley says, “It is crucial to realize that you walk around with Almighty God inside you.”
This week, let’s return to setting weekly goals as we seek to change specific areas in our lives.
I’ll go first: This week it’s my goal to stop complaining, and be more thankful. I pray to do whatever it takes to accomplish this – even if I have to look at my Scripture Memory Card (see link above) a hundred times a day.
Your goal may be too sensitive to share with us. I understand. However I encourage each of us to be proactive in quitting the sin in our lives. And please, as always, remember we’re here to support and pray for one another.
• Will you commit to memorizing or meditating on Philippians 4:13 this week?
(If you subscribe to the blog via email, I’ll send the weekly verses to your inbox in various translations formatted to fit a standard index card.)
• After trying unsuccessfully for years to quit a habit, what behavior do you need God’s help to change?
• How can we specifically pray for you this week?