PHILIPPIANS 4:13 STRENGTH OF GOD
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Paul wrote this letter to the church in Philippi when he was imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was persecuted and tortured for being a servant of God. But he strengthened himself in Christ and was prepared to face anything with the strength of Christ. He didn’t depend on the material things of this world.
When a person has God as his strength, no storm will be able to shake him. When Paul says ‘all things’, it means that there is nothing impossible to him. He has the power to succeed in all the works of his hands. Jesus said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
The weapon we need to be able to succeed in everything we do is faith in Christ. We get strengthened by Christ when we keep our complete faith upon His sovereignty. Faith is having the hope that we receive something when there is no evidence for it to happen (Hebrews 11:1). We need only a little faith like a mustard seed that we can be able to accomplish the thing we desired to do with the strength of Jesus.
If we want all the works of our hands to prosper, we need to obey the statutes and commandments God has given us to follow. Then God will open His heavenly treasures and provide what we need to succeed in our efforts at the proper time (Deuteronomy 28:1,12).
A branch of a vine can bear fruit only when it is attached to the plant. Similarly, we can bear good fruits for God only when we get the strength of God regularly through proper communication and relationship with God through constant prayer and meditation of the word of God (John 15:5,7,8). When we live according to the word of God, we abide and lean on Christ the true vine and we get the strength of Christ.
We receive the strength of God when we wait for God’s timing patiently. As an eagle waits patiently for renewing its original strength, people who wait patiently for God will get their strength renewed.
While others who go through the same hardships become fainted and weary, those who wait for God could be able to stay strong with the strength of God (Isaiah 40:29-31). They won’t get weary in their race of faith even though they need to face many hurdles and hardships on their way. They have the strength to finish the race successfully and receive the crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:7,8)
They will run against a troop and leap over a wall with the strength of their God (Psalm 18:29). Even if they have to walk in the valley of the shadow of death, they won’t fear evil as they walk in the strength of their God (Psalm 23:4).
Even if we have to go through persecutions for God’s sake, no one can separate us from the love of Christ. It is the love of God which strengthens us to withstand all those pains and hardships (Romans 8:36,37).
We should not worry about our infirmities and sufferings. Only in times of distress and need we realize the abundance of the grace of God upon us. He won’t let us alone in times of our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9,10). But He will give His strength and make us strong so that we could be able to console those who go through similar situations.
Paul says that he learnt to be content in any situation because he went through many trials and tribulations for the sake of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 4:11,12). The pains he went through helped him to stay strong in any situation (James 1:2,3).
God strengthens a man in order to make him sit on high places of the earth. He makes his feet strong like that of a deer (Psalm 18:32,33). Even though he was poor and low lying, God will make him to sit on high places of the earth. He makes His anointed people to inherit the earth and thrones as they lean on the strength of their God and not on their own strength (1 Samuel 2:7-10).
People of God will always have war in their spiritual realms (Ephesians 6:12). They cannot conquer the battle with their own strength. God strengthens His people to conquer their enemies even though they don’t have any experience in battle field. He teaches them to fight against their enemies (Psalm 18:34, 37-42).
While those who boast on their own strength fall down in their battle, those who lean on the strength of God stay strong and win the battle because God saves His anointed people with the saving strength of His right hand (Psalm 20:6-8).
David did not conquer Goliath with his own strength. He went against Goliath with the strength of the name of his God (1 Samuel 17:45). Even though he did not have great weapons in his hands, he conquered the giant Goliath.
God gives His strength to the weak. He chose the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. Because no one should boast on their own strength but to give glory to God for giving strength to do everything (1 Corinthians 1:27,29,31).