As we head into the weekend, I would like to share some thoughts with you about my favorite verse in the Bible.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I have learned that God wants His children to be overcomers. I realize that this is hardly the revelation of the century, but all too often we live a life lacking in victory because we fail to rely on the strength of our Savior.
We can infer from this verse that there will be things which we must do that are beyond our abilities, knowledge and resources. In fact, I am convinced that God consistently calls us to do things that fit that description. The reason, of course, is that God wants to be glorified through us. If our accomplishments are in our own strength, even though they may be good works, the glory seems to come our way rather than God’s.
Another thing I have learned is that the things God calls me to do are actually the things that He wants to accomplish through me and in me. Part of this would relate to the process of sanctification as God works through me to perform His will and to conform me to the image of Christ.
How then do we tap into this enormous power source? The fact is, it is already dwelling in us. The awesome power of Christ’s Spirit indwells all believers, equipping us to do whatever God may call us to do. The best way that we can utilize this power is to simply remove self from the picture. God does not force Himself upon us, if we insist upon functioning in our own strength, He will let us. We must be willing to die to self so that the power of God may be evident through us.
Through the power of Christ I can face the trials of life, cope with pain, overcome temptations, face conflict, forgive, restore, grow, learn, build, preach, teach, counsel, mentor, guide and parent (these are the areas of my life where I have had to lean on His power). Your needs may be similar to mine or totally different. My needs may and probably will change over time. One thing is certain, through Christ, we can do ALL things.