Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Usually, when I reflect on this widely quoted verse, my mind tends to think of The Invincible… too strong or skillful to ever be defeated
Faster than a fiery dart.
More powerful than any stronghold.
Able to leap all obstacles in a single bound.
Look! Up in the sky!
It’s a bird. It’s a plane.
Its Super Christian!
Fortunately, we know that in the end we win the war… it is the everyday battles in which we need His strength. Recently, I have found myself experiencing some anxiety. The definition of anxiety: nervousness or agitation, often about something that is going to happen; a subject or concern that causes worry; the strong wish to do something, especially if the wish is unnecessarily or unhealthily strong.
Now I know that the Father’s instructions are: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. His instructions also include: Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Yikes! What to do with all this anxiety, I have presented my requests to God. Then I am reminded of this: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Then it dawns on me, I do not have to be Super Christian, I just have to trust in the Lord and His promise to me: Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. In reading Wesley’s Notes on the Bible, he says, “I can do all things – Even fulfill all the will of God.”
God’s will for me is to live in peace (NOT anxiety) – trusting Him in every situation and circumstance. For all things I have strength, in Christ’s strengthening me. Be encouraged…He has strength to sustain you…