Philippians 4:13 is a wonderful go-to motivational verse to use as you work towards a future goal. However, when the verse is read in context with the rest of Philippians 4, you will see Paul was not just talking about reaching lofty goals.
Hi there, and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with a Twist. And today our one verse is found in Philippians 4:13. And it says, “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” What a wonderful motivational verse! And I’m not to put this down if you’ve got this on your wall or if you’re using this verse to motivate you to reach whatever goal that you might be looking at. However, let’s read this in context, and see what Paul wrote right before this verse and what he wrote directly after, and it might give us a little bit more context.
So, I’m reading from the New American Standard Bible. Chapter 4, The Book of Philippians, verse 11 to verse 14. “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means. And I also know how to live and prosperity. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry. Both of Having abundance and suffering need I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Nevertheless you have done well to share with me in my affliction.
Remember Philippians 4 is the last advice and words of encouragement and exhortation that Paul is giving the church in Philippi. Paul knows his time is running short. He knows he’s a marked man and so he is doing everything in his power to strengthen and encourage the churches that he knows will be left behind when he is executed.
Chapter 4 is no exception in that exhortation. This is the same chapter, by the way, that Paul strongly urges his readers to think on these things: whatever is honorable, whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever his lovely, whatever is of good repute. If there be any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things,”
So, I think Paul has given his readers a clue. If you want to be able to do all these things in Christ, then learn what to put your mind to and what to dwell on. Because when the tough times come – and they are going to come – the only way you are going to endure is if you’ve got a strong foundation of faith and the ability to look beyond difficult and somewhat impossible circumstances and sufferings.
Please do, continue to use verse 11 to motivate you to reach whatever goal that might be before you. But also take this verse to heart that when hardships, and struggles, and want, and lack, and suffering come your way, that you too can do all those things and go through all those things through Christ who will strengthen you.
Go to YouTube and subscribe to my channel so you’ll be notified whenever I upload a new video.
Subscribe today – it’s free to do so. No strings attached. You’ll receive a notification I posted!
Don’t forget. Follow me on Facebook. You do not need to send me a friend request to follow me! Here is the Facebook link.
©2018 Katherine Walden
Sign up to receive a weekly emailed devotional by Katherine by using the following form.