I can do all things through him who strenghtens me. (Philippians 4:13 ESV)
The calm for Paul to write Philippians astounds me. I believe key is his contentment. Paul’s secret to contentment in any and every situation comes from believing he can do all things through Christ who strengthens. He experienced life’s extremes- neediness to having plenty, well fed or hungry. Whatever need you have today- Jesus is our source.
Seeking Jesus, building a foundation based on Biblical Truth, anchors us to the only real hope. Jesus is eternal, sitting next to God interceding for you and me. His mercies are new every morning. When we pray and petition with thanksgiving, making request known to Jesus, peace is released. Scripture states in v.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Contentment says…I trust you, Jesus. Whatever your answer to my request, I trust you. We’ll have peace when the answer is no. Answering yes, we’ll proceed. And…patience when the answer is wait- Be still and know I am God.
Believing we can do all things through Christ, God’s strength permeates within stretching our abilities. Reaching further than thought possible, saying no more to limiting thoughts. There are boundaries, just no limit to what God calls us to do. So why do we make it complicated?
We have false contentment when stalling in God’s purpose. Yes, this is where I have been. However, yesterday I read the most wonderful devotion…The Listening Heart, Hearing God in Prayer, written by Judy Gordon Morrow. “The peace of My love. The joy of My love. The rest they can know in My love.” This is powerful. Accepting God’s love, experiencing peace and joy, opens our hearts and minds for all of God’s truths. If…we are willing to start with God’s love. When growing in wisdom, knowledge and understanding- truth is received believing we can do all things through Christ who strengthens.
Forward Friday! Let’s move forward seeking, believing we can do all things- even contentment by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and believing His Word.