Have you ever been so familiar with a portion of Scripture that it just rolls off your tongue like blackstrap molasses—a verse that you perhaps have gravitated to for years and you can quote it verbatim? But then one day it grabs you by the shoulder and says, “hey—look at me again—I mean really look at me. You have been missing something very important all this time.” It is as if it just jerks you awake one day out of your spiritual snoozing—out of your ”I know this verse backwards and forwards” syndrome. Well this is exactly what happened to me with the following passage and I am sharing that journey with you.
Philippians 4:13 (Amplified) “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.”
My main thought as I would read this or heard it speaking in my head was I can count on Jesus’ empowerment to overcome temptation, weaknesses, negative challenges, even extreme faith testing trials. And I am ready to take on any dart Satan may throw because Christ is infusing me with inner strength. That was what was written on my mental post it note. There was sometimes a secondary option that would kind’ve flit in and out of my consciousness that perhaps there was more.
Well this passage has taken on a powerful new meaning in the last weeks. It was as if God adorned me with spiritual reading glasses and opened the eyes of my heart to a more complete, inclusive meaning. Like a lightening bolt it struck me— this verse has as strong an application for achieving the positive as for defeating the negative.
Whatever I have to deal with today—whatever the demands might be—I am okay. It is well. Whatever tasks I need to accomplish today; whatever new ventures I need to take on; whatever goals I need to reach today; whatever success I need to have today—ALL is possible because Jesus Christ equips me to be ready for and equal to ANYTHING. The overcoming and the becoming are both right here in Philippians 4:13. Praise God!!!
This week I challenge you all to be your best God selves.
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