You may be familiar with the popular verse Philippians 4:13 which says, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Such an empowering and uplifting verse!
We hang it on our walls, print it on t-shirts, etch it in jewelry, and even tattoo it on our bodies.
However, do you know the context of this scripture?
Paul is writing to the church in Philippi from prison. He is not writing to the church to address an issue, as he frequently does, but is writing to express his appreciation and affection for the church. Even while in chains, Paul is content and joyful. How?
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:11-13
As we continue the series “How’s That Workin’ for Ya?,” this upcoming Sunday Shannon will talk about how we face today’s trials and suffering.
How are you dealing with the suffering in your life? Are you content in Christ, able to humbly proclaim with Paul, “I can do everything through Christ”? Are you an encouragement to those around you, despite your own circumstance? Are you responding like Christ with, “If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine”? (Matthew 26:39) Do you continue to sing His praise in the midst of trials?
This Sunday in service, we’ll be singing the following songs:
If you are in the midst of trials, may the lyrics from “Ever Be” be an encouragement to you this week:
Faithful You have been and faithful you will be
You pledge yourself to me and it’s why I sing
Your praise will ever be on my lips, ever be on my lips
You Father the orphan
Your kindness makes us whole
And you shoulder our weakness
And your strength becomes our own
Now you’re making me like you
Clothing me in white
Bringing beauty from ashes
For You will have Your bride