Our age is the age of littlenesses, because there is always a clamor to put down any gigantic idea. Who needs your encouragement today? (Pentecost, J. D. The Joy of Living: A Study of Philippians. He decided not to retrace his steps then, but to drop off something that evening. So with the quickened yet feeble professor; he shall soon give way under trial; but the mature Christian, the strong temperate man, can endure fatigues, can perform wonders, can achieve prodigies, because his body is well disciplined, and he has not permitted its humours to overcome the powers of the soul. Hour by hour, as the tides of golden sun-heat are quietly absorbed by flowers and giant trees--so will the strength of the living Saviour pass into our receptive natures. Relying constantly on God's strength, he can testify with the apostle Paul, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). All rights reserved). They cast therefore, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. What could be done therefore by the tens of thousands of our churches? It was a singular instance of God’s providential judgment that Cranmer and Ridley, two bishops of the church who condemned this Baptist to die, said when they signed the death-warrant, that burning was an easy death, and they had themselves to try it in after days, and that maid told them so. That’s the secret of contentment--to be captivated by Christ--as the Sovereign to whom I submit; as the Savior whom I serve; as the Sufficient One whom I trust in every situation. Make me holy. (The Fight of Faith Crowned), The Christian's strength (Thomas Watson, "The One Thing Necessary"), "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Not by trying but through trusting, I can do all things.” The Christian knows that all his duties are summed up in love to God, and love to man: he is assured, that no changes in his condition can for one moment relax his obligation to approve himself to God in the execution of these duties: and he endeavours to avail himself of every wind that blows, to get forward in his Christian course. To stand fast in the Lord, is to stand fast in his strength, and by his grace. Indeed, he had to a great measure already proved the strength, of which he now asserts the promise. The Philippian church has been generous to Paul and he is commending them for their generosity. The Old Version gave "through Christ;" the New alters it to "in Him." I am currently doing research for a sermon on Phil. Cast all your cares on Me (1Pe 5:7), “I don’t have enough faith” I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Phil. “Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils,” but cease not to serve your God; but the rather in Christ’s strength do it with greater vigor than before. I am ready for anything through the strength of the one who lives within me. We have the simple form of the verb in Col 1:11. How is a Christian able to do duty, to resist temptation—but through Christ's strengthening? It means having our focus on the kingdom of God and serving Him, not on the love of money and things. You will have remarked, I do not doubt, in the controversies which the ancient confessors of the faith have had with heretics and persecuting kings and bishops, the singular way in which poor illiterate persons have been able to refute their opponents. What has he sent you here for? We have to set aside any dependence upon our own wisdom and strength of character and draw all that we need from Christ through faith in Him. “A strong man” (Mt 12:29): a mighty famine (Luke 15:14): his letters are powerful (2 Cor. Muller noted in his journal that if God did not send help before nine the next morning, His name would be dishonored. Both Kenneth Wuest and William Barclay often translate the verb endunamoo with the English word "infuse", which gives us a great word picture of the Greek verb endunamoo. Mark 2:17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, "it is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.". However, the puzzle disappears when you read the verse in … But notice, Paul learned to be content in all conditions. The one main thought of them is this--that the strength which we covet is not given to us in a lump, for us to draw upon as we choose, like electricity stored in boxes for use; it is a life, and it is only to be obtained so long as we are in living union with its source. (The Epistle to the Philippians ). These paradoxes are incomprehensible to the world at large: but the solution of them is easy to those who know what man is by nature, and what he is by grace, and what are the effects which flow from the contrary and contending principles of flesh and spirit. He trusted in and submitted to the sovereignty of God to provide for his needs. (2Ti 4:7-note). But this need not be. Verse 1 actually concludes Paul's previous passage, from the end of chapter 3, with an encouragement to "stand firm" in the Lord. Let us pray that God will enable us to overcome all our ghostly enemies. (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Nashville: Thomas Nelson), Dwight Pentecost sums up this verse writing that…, We are commanded to live victoriously over sin. And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Ps. All things - Is this to be taken literally? Well, we don’t answer them; we bring them Goliath’s head, and request them to say whether that is the effect of our pride and the naughtiness of our heart. You can do it! No one knows what it cannot do now that a Samson wields it. And you have often thought yourself to be as contemptible as that bone. So, we may say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Php 4:13). Paul says, “I can do all things in Christ”—that is, in the context of the will of Christ for your life. Even though he had been in a very difficult situation (Php 4:14-note, “affliction”), he doesn’t want his donors to think that he had been discontented before the gift arrived; but he does want them to know that their generosity was truly appreciated. 32:17); God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. I’ve never seen anything like it before.” “Did you not guess?” replied Timothy. They have leagued and banded together for your destruction. Then he put his hands under her armpits, and as she jumped, he lifted her and carried her across the aisle. “Let the weak say, I am strong;” and the stripling go forth with confidence against Goliath. Beholding the Lord’s glory in His word is more than observing His humanity in the gospels. Let it teach you to cease from yourself, but not from your work. Unless we draw on the deep resources of God by faith (2Co 5:7, cp Ro 10:17-note), we fail against the pressures of life. Would you become a new creature? When I was in school I was the high jumper, but I can’t jump anymore. Jn 1:3 [NIV reads "through Him"], Jn 1:7, John 1:10, Jn 3:17, Jn 14:6, Acts 2:22, 3:16, Acts 7:25, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38, 39, Ro 5:9 [note], Ro 8:37 [note], Ro 11:36 [note]; 1Co 8:6, Ep 2:18 [note], Php 4:13 [note], Col 1:20 [note], Col 2:15 [note], Col 3:17 [note], Heb 7:25 [note], Heb 13:15 [note], 1Pe 1:21[note], 1John 4:9, Would you like more study on the wonderful topic of through Him? He is the Manna which you must daily eat and the Rock of which you must daily drink. 1:6, 7, 9, 14, 18; 10:25; 14:11; Jdg. -Complin Paul rebukes Peter even to the face. On the authority of the Word of God, we say there is nothing that Jesus Christ cannot do from glory through us. “Is that all?” he asked. There is difference of gifts and graces, yet, being renewed by the same Spirit, we are brethren. Let your life be infused with Jesus! Away with your excuses then, which have their foundation in ignorance, and their strength in sloth. The boy responded, "Don't you know it's not good for you?" Now, then, stand up all of you — my friends or my foes, whichever you will; it is all the same, I have God to help me, and it must and shall be done.” Such are the men that write their records in the annals of posterity; such the men justly called great, and they are only great because they believed they could be great — believed that the exploits could be done. There is no temptation which we cannot master; no privation which we cannot patiently bear; no difficulty with which we cannot cope; no work which we cannot perform; no confession or testimony which we cannot make, if only our souls are living in healthy union with Jesus Christ; for as our day or hour, so shall our strength be. And at once we see the connection with all that line of inner teaching, of which, to the careful student, the Bible is so full. what a comment! Sitting one day this week with a poor aged woman who was sick, she remarked that oftentimes she was tempted by Satan; and sometimes she said, “I am a little afraid, but I do not let other people know, lest they should think that Christ’s disciples are not a match for Satan. KJV: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. I see how much they need a father, and it makes me unhappy with God. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.. It can refer to physical strengthening as in (He 11:34-note) but more often endunamoo refers to spiritual or moral strengthening as in the case of Abraham who "with respect to the (humanly speaking impossible) promise of God (of the birth of Isaac in his old age by Sarah), he did not waver (was not divided, did not vacillate between two opinions - belief and unbelief - implies mental struggle) in unbelief, but grew strong (endunamoo - was endued with strength or empowered) in faith (Godly faith is not full understanding but full trust), giving glory to God (Ro 4:20-note) Isaac was the result of a biological miracle performed by God in answer to Abraham’s faith. We spend money that we can’t afford on the lottery, hoping to win a big jackpot that will give us what we want in life. Holiness is His special gift to His believing people. Amen. Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. But then Asaph learned the secret of being content, and he was able to say to the Lord, “Whom have I in heaven but you? Victor. I change with the changing sky, Philippians 4:13. But do not go drivelling through this world, saying, “I was born little;” of course you were, but were you meant to be little, and with the little feebleness of a child all your days do little or nothing? (Ryken, P. G., Hughes, R. K. Exodus: Saved for God's glory. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides (present tense = as a lifestyle) in Me, and I in him, he bears (present tense) much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing (oudeis = denying absolutely and objectively, not one thing!… of eternal value). And just in proportion as we do so, we shall find His strength flowing into us for every possible emergency (Php 4:13). 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