I can do all things through Him who gives me strength is one of my favorite verses in the bible.
Paul wrote it to the Philippians as he was thanking them for their concern for him and his ministry. They have financially supported him as he traveled to spread the gospel. He thanks them for their financial support and for their prayers.
He then goes on to explain to them that he has learned to live in any circumstance because he knows that God is always with him and his Savior will give him strength. “for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11b-13)
I was reminded of this verse, because it is on my desk, given to me by my wife in the midst of strife at a previous call to remind me it is not about me, or my situation, it is about who I serve…
This verse does not mean that all of the bad stuff will just go away. It does give us the assurance that no matter what we face that God will always be with us. No matter what trials might be in front of us, or what valley we might be walking through, God is always there with us, giving us the strength to go on. We have been through a lot here at St. John’s since I arrived over 5 years ago, and as a congregation, you went through a lot more in your history before that. We are a testimony to being able to make it through with God. Easter reminded us of the love God has for all of us and how God has given us lives to share. We are a group of people ready to go where God is leading us, relying on Him to see us through. We may not be able to see the end, but we know who is leading us, and walking with us, and because of that, we are able to step out in faith!
I see a body of believers who are prayerful and committed to the mission God has called us to. So let us come together and support each other and pray for each other, and walk boldly with our God into this place and be His hands and feet. Knowing that we do not go alone, but together as brothers and sisters, and with Christ who will be our strength, and give us everything we need.
So let’s step out in faith, knowing that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!