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Devotional - week of September 14, 2014


The following devotional was originally published by David Kuykendall on September 8, 2002. 

SUFFICIENT STRENGTH FOR ALL THINGS

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me  Philippians. 4:13

While thanking the Philippians for their offering to meet his needs, Paul rises above the immediate context and “shouts” the ringing testimony, “Through the strength Christ gives I can do ‘all things’.”

Because all believers have distinctive circumstances, gifts, and callings, the “all things” of each of us are unique.

Our source of victory in our “all things,” however, is the same as Paul’s.

Philippians 4:13 is a favorite of a large number of believers, yet some have not learned how to receive the strength Jesus gives for their “all things.”

The word in Philippians 4:13 translated “through” is usually translated “in” throughout the New Testament. When the word is so translated here, the verse reads:

I can do all things “in” Christ who strengthens me.

We will greatly simplify Paul’s meaning when we translate “through Christ” as “in union with Christ.”

It is when Paul experiences his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection through living out his union with Christ by obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13 that Jesus becomes his sufficient strength in all things.

Sufficient strength for all things comes “custom-made” for each believer who lives out his union with Christ.

Some believers living in defeat say, “But my circumstances are different.” They are correct about their circumstances, but they have the privilege of moving from defeat to victory.

All believers have been baptized into union with Christ by the Holy Spirit. If you are a believer and living in defeat, why not live out your union with Christ as Paul did? Move to a life of victory.