I can do all things through Him who strengthens me
Yes, you can
One of the fundamental internal thoughts of those who live an abundant life is that they believe that they can conquer through Christ whatever mountain is in their way. They may not be capable, but God is completely capable. God works through ordinary people. God works with nobodies. God empowers and accomplishes miracles through folks just like you and me.
Some people think too much of themselves, but most people think too little of themselves and too little of God. If God has asked you to accomplish something, then trust Him and get started moving in that direction. The victories of faith are the little things where we trust God to go beyond what we could do. It may not seem like much to others, but we know that it is God working in and through us because we can’t do that. It may be as simple as asking the boss for the promotion. It may be changing your routine to include exercise or schooling. It may be standing up for righteousness or ethics in some small way. It may be sharing your feelings. It may be allowing yourself to have feelings. It may be not walking away when your are uncomfortable. It may be keeping your mouth closed. It may be being honest. It may be opening up to being loved. It may be any number of righteous actions that Christ wants to strengthen you to do.
You can do anything that God wants you to do through the Grace of Jesus Christ – go for it! What does He want you to do today? Write down five possible actions that God wants to strengthen you to do today.
strengthen: This is the Greek word enjunamoo, which means to be strong, increase in strength, strengthen. It is very important that we realize that God will strengthen us to do what is the righteous course of action. He will not necessarily make us feel as though we are any stronger. Most of us want to feel stronger before we attempt that which we cannot do on our own. We want to flex our muscles. We want to rev our new more powerful engine. We want to try out our power on some smaller arena. But God has strengthened us for this new purpose, and He wants us to trust Him that His strengthening will allow us to accomplish the task.
It is like the priest when the people were to cross the River Jordon under Joshua. The river did not part until their feet were standing in the river. The power of God became active when they clearly trusted Him to act. This is how it is with us. When it is clear that God wants us to do something, we then pray and can count on God’s power to accomplish in us and through us what is not possible for us alone.
Too many of us give up before we ever give the power of God a chance to demonstrate itself. I am amazed at the power of God to arrange a situation, provide funds, heal a situation or a person, or open a door that was unseen before. We often want to have the whole of the way laid out with the places – where the power of God will be interjected – clearly marked. This is not how God works. Life is an adventure. You will not see all that is involved, in some cases, until you launch forward.
Repeat this verse five times out loud: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” whenever you are about to back out of doing the thing you know you should do.
Too often Christians have adopted a wrong theology that glories in what we as humans can’t do. It is true that life itself is not possible without Christ. It is true that true spiritual merit is not possible without Christ and His grace. But we must begin to count on these gifts of God flowing through us and use them to glorify God. To have a full belief in Christ is to have confidence that Christ can and will work through you. One does not gain great faith by focusing on what we are not. One gains great faith by focusing on how great God is and how He has made some measure of His power available to us.
What is that thing that you know God wants you to do? Start dreaming big dreams with God again. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.