RICHARD DEAN BROOKS
Can we do ALL things through him? JESUS CHRIST!!
10I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. 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. 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
This is one of the scriptures people so often misuse. Thinking God is their personal jeanie to allow them to do anything they want to do! When really it tells us that God will give us the strength to get thru any situation we are put in if we put our trust in JESUS CHRIST and ask for the right things that God would want not what we want. We have to read and learn scripture and context of scripture not just what we want it to say!
4: 10-13 Are you content in any circumstances you face? Paul knew how to be content whether he had plenty or whether he was in need. The secret was drawing on Christ’s power for strength. Do you have great needs, or are you discontent because you don’t have what you want? Learn to rely on God’s promises and Christ’s power to help you be content. If you always want more, ask God to remove that desire and teach you contentment in every circumstance. Thank him each day for all the blessings you do have. He will meet all your needs, but in a way that he knows is best for you.
4: 12-13 Paul was content because he could see life from God’s point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. Paul had detached himself from the nonessential so that he could concentrate on the eternal. Often the desire for something more or better indicates a longing to fill an empty place in a person’s life. To what are you drawn when you feel empty inside? How can you find true contentment? The answer lies in your perspective,your priorities, and your source of power.
4: 13 Can we really do all things? We receive all the power we need in union with Christ when we do his will and face the challenges that arise from our doing it. He does not grant us superhuman ability to accomplish anything we can imagine without regard to his interests. As we contend for the faith, we will face troubles, pressures, and trials. What does God want you to do? Step out in faith and do it, trusting him for the strength you will need.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and ask him to show us his will and allow his strength to give us the ability to handle ALL situations.
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