Scripture: Philippians 4:10-14
The promise: “For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)
Observation: As Paul closes his letter to the Philippians, he addresses the concern they’ve showed for him and assures them it’s not needed. He affirms that he’s learned to be content with whatever he has (or doesn’t have). He seeks his strength from Jesus Christ alone, no matter what his circumstances.
Application: Do you remember the book about the little engine that could? In the story, a small engine is tasked with pulling a long train across a high mountain. Although the small, underpowered engine is unequipped to perform such a tall task, the engine repeats these four little words to itself over and over again: “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” (And spoiler alert: it works!)
How many of us can relate to the little engine that could?
We feel small, underpowered, and unequipped, facing a task that seems impossible. We’re trying to muster up our strength, reign in our own resolve, and convince ourselves that we think we can, we think we can, we think we can…all while trying to drown out doubts that say “But can you?” and fears that scream “You probably can’t, you probably can’t.”
That self-doubt can be paralyzing, leaving us feeling defeated, discouraged, destroyed.
But I love how Paul helps us flip the script. As he closes his letter to the Philippians, he offers one of the most encouraging, affirming assurances I’ve ever read:
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
When we put our faith in Jesus, we go from “I think I can” to “I know I can” – because we believe in Christ, who gives us all the strength we need.
Strength to hope.
Strength to believe.
Strength to transform.
Strength to perform, compete, restore, renew.
Strength to go and strength to stay.
Strength to say “yes” and strength to say “no.”
Strength to face adversity and overcome persecution.
Strength when we feel completely out of strength.
He strengthens us – when we allow him to be the source of our strength.
Where your strength ends, his begins.
And his power, strength, and love is infinite.
Prayer: God, thank you for providing so much security for me through my faith in Jesus. I offer you the things in my life that I’m trying to hold onto, to figure out on my own. I pray I can rest in the knowledge that I know I can – through you. Amen.