Tuesday, October 6, 2009

We really can do ALL things IF....

You know, I always thought Philippians 4:13 was a great verse to proclaim my dependance in Christ. Most of us know what it says "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." I use it so liberally, but really don't understand the depth of it. Paul's dependance was COMPLETELY on Christ and thats it! Would I be able to say that? Oh yes, I draw my strength off of Christ for the most part, and at times. But is ALL my strength on Christ at ALL TIMES? I seriously doubt it. Now what to do about it and see what Paul did. Refer to the previous 2 verses.

"11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need."

Paul has nothing to depend on BUT Christ. He was not married. He has no kids. He had no I-Phone, computer, tv or anything to really distract him. Not to say other things couldn't be distractions. Paul had been on top and bottom and side to side. He had faced more situations than we can only imagine. I personally have never faced most of the circumstances Paul faced. Paul mentioned to a few churches to follow his example as he followed Christ' example. Paul shares the secret to this in verse 11. He learned to be content in all circumstances and when that happened his dependance was on Christ.
Something God has showed me in all this. When I truly depend upon Christ in all things, then I can truly be content no matter what and it shows my obedience in Him. Also others see my dependance and contentment with Christ and guess what that does for them in their bad sitautions? You guessed it, they get curious.

Christ is my power, but I need more of Him.
David Stapp