But never once does he mention his financial needs. Philippians 4:13 Translation & Meaning. Thine was no empty boast. Small is that man who holds himself within his ribs; little is that man’s soul who lives within himself; ay, so little that he shall never be fit to be a compeer with the angels, and never fit to stand before Jehovah’s throne. And as we observe Him, as we maintain this relationship with Him through His word, we are transformed more and more into His likeness; we are enabled by the Holy Spirit to progressively manifest the graces of godly character. Reprinted by permission. “See that little lake?” he said. We see it in our high rate of consumer debt. And therefore the Apostle used to glory in anything that reminded him of his utter helplessness and weakness. Linger not. 1:24; 3:1, 2, 25; 5:22; 8:9; 10:21; 22:3; 23:8, 11; 25:8; 28:22; 35:3, 4; 41:7; 46:2; 49:25; 50:2; 59:1; Jer 5:6; 20:11; 48:14; Da 1:4; 4:11, 20, 22; 7:21; 8:8; 10:19; Joel 3:10, Ischuo (and ischus) are somewhat similar to other Greek words (kratos, energeia) but are distinct. Christ needs you, to alter the strain of business and reverse the maxims of the present lay — to cast a healthier tone into our commerce. The adjective ἐνδύναμος, from which it springs, is only found in late Byzantine Greek. The leader of a hated sect, all of them doomed by an imperial edict to death! I never more firmly believed than now, this truth of my Lord, "Without Me, you can do nothing." Here's his approach: Each morning he prays, "Lord, I go forth in Your strength alone. He began at the home of the school president. All rights reserved). “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”. Unlike today's perception of saints as a special class of spiritual individuals, the New Testament portrays every true believer as a saint, a word meaning … He was ready to be offered up, and made a sacrifice for his Master’s cause. We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat--only the nine of us.” (Reader’s Digest [12/81].) Victor), Through Him is literally in Him, a key phrase here and in all of Paul's epistles for it speaks of the believer's vital union and identification with Christ, so that even as a branch apart from a vine can bear no fruit, even so a believer apart from abiding in the "Vine" can do nothing of lasting import (Jn 15:5, 8, 16). If you know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, victory is possible through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Nelson, Philippians 4:10-13 The Secret for Contentment, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. 5:6; Php 4:13; Heb 9:17; Jas 5:16; Rev 12:8. John 21:6 And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch." ‘When St. Paul bids us in the text to forget the things which are behind, he cannot mean that the Past is not to live in us, he must mean that we are not to live in the Past. And hath he made thee for nothing? ZA Blog. Our source of power is in the risen Christ, and we stay connected to Him by beholding Him in His word and depending on Him in prayer. Unbelief says, I cannot; previous failures say, I cannot; past experience says, I cannot; the example of fellow-Christians says, I cannot; Satan tells me, I cannot. This verse is not a blank check. Paul rebukes Peter even to the face. Philippians 4:13, A continual supply of grace, comfort, and strength, "I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me!" When Paul said that he could do all things, he meant all things which were God’s will for him to do. moderation — from a Greek root, “to yield,” whence yieldingness [Trench]; or from a root, “it is fitting,” whence “reasonableness of dealing” [Alford], that considerateness for others, not urging one‘s own rights to the uttermost, but waiving a part, and thereby Not by trying but through trusting, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Jesus and I. Coward and wayward and weak, "The saints overcame the accuser of the brethren—by the blood of the Lamb" Revelation 12:11. Also, he was firmly committed to the principle of not making his financial needs known to anyone, except to God in prayer. Are you struggling to break some stubborn habit? Through Christ, Who is strengthening me, and does continually strengthen me; it is by His constant and renewed strength I am enabled to act in every thing; I wholly depend upon Him for all my spiritual power (Matthew Henry's paraphrase), For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need (NLT), All of nature depends on hidden resources (cp "in Whom" = Christ in Col 2:3-note). And you, who may have to follow some very humble occupation, you have had grace enough to follow it, and to be happy in it, and to honor Christ in it. Tennessee pastor Bryan Yawn writes that the "true meaning of 'all things' (in Philippians 4:13) might disappoint contemporary Christians," although it shouldn't. He will not regard as your misfortune what is your crime. Asaph knew it. —Joanie Yoder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. It is the fruit of being a living branch of the true Vine. The Christian's strength lies in Christ. Victor). Here he was in prison, unable to pursue his tent-making trade, and he was in a tight spot (“affliction” in Php 4:14-note literally means “pressure”). (Note: Some have attributed this poem to Corrie Ten Boom), LIGHTEN THE LOAD - I once read about a distraught Christian woman who was extremely upset because her children had become unruly. Then he put his hands under her armpits, and as she jumped, he lifted her and carried her across the aisle. Others put too much emphasis on “through Him who strengthens me.” These folks sit around passively not doing anything, because they don’t want to be accused of acting in the flesh. Just listen? If you are walking with God and you find yourself in a desperate situation, you can know that you are not there by chance. For example, he may write, "Today I was enabled to share my testimony with a friend." "… Where unassisted humanity should sink and be vanquished, he should prove His wondrous superiority. Some think that because they were converted fifty years ago they can do without daily supplies of grace. The answer lies buried in the midst of a thank-you note. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.” Ah! Philippians 4:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Philippians 4:11, NIV: "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." With God’s help, however, he did a magnificent job. He got it right. You end up burning out, because I cannot do all things in my own strength. Ischuo can mean “to be effective” or “to be capable of producing results” in Gal 5:6 states that the physical act of circumcision is not effective or is not capable of producing results. Ah, foolish pantomime. In times of abundance we’re tempted to forget our need for the Lord and trust in our supplies rather than in Him. THROUGH (in) HIM ("in Christ") WHO (continually) STRENGTHENS ME: en toi endunamounti (PAPMSD) me: Thou, O Christ, art all I want; Paul said in relation to his ministry, “our competence comes from God” (2Corinthians 3:5), and “I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:29). Unless we draw on the deep resources of God by faith (2Co 5:7, cp Ro 10:17-note), we fail against the pressures of life. And there was Gordus, a, martyr of Christ, who said when they were putting him to death, “I pray you do not spare any torments, for it will be a loss to me hereafter if you do, therefore inflict as many as you can.” What but the singular joy of God poured down from heaven — what but some singular vials of intense bliss could have made these men almost sport with their anguish? All these things refers to what you shall eat, what you shall drink, what you shall wear (Mt 6:25-note). You see, I can’t do all things, but I can do all things which God has for me to do from the time He saved me to the time He will take me out of this world." The great trees send their roots down into the earth to draw up water and minerals (cp Col 2:7-note). Then you must begin with Christ. Paul also wrote that we should care for one another and share in one another's distress (Galatians 6:2; Php 2:4 [note]; Php 4:14 [note]). (Ro 7:25-note). She telephoned her husband at work one day and tearfully described the visit of a friend who had pinned this verse above the kitchen sink: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). She said, “I am as true a servant of Christ as any of you, and if you put your poor sister to death, take care lest God should let loose the wolf of Rome on you, and you have to suffer for God too.” How the faculties were quickened, to make each confessor seize every opportunity to avail himself of every mistake of his opponent, and lay hold of texts of Scripture, which were as swords to cut in pieces those who dared to oppose them, is really a matter for admiration. It is exceeding broad for it says, “I can do all things.” We cannot, of course, mention “all things,” this morning; for the subject is illimitable in its extent. Remember Zerubbabel. Ischuo is used 71x in the Septuagint (Lxx) -, Ge 31:29; Ex 1:9, 12, 20; Lv 5:7; 27:8; Nu 22:6; Dt. Of course, none of them could jump that far. What canst thou do, Paul? I have seen the poor man exceedingly spiritual-minded; I have seen him full of faith with regard to Divine Providence, and living a happy life upon the bounty of his God, though he had but little. A minister in Iowa was preaching on the text, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). I tell you, if you were called to be a king, you might seek the strength of Christ, and say in this position too, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” You ought to have no choice as to what you shall be. I will supply all your needs (Php 4:19), “I’m afraid” But the Stoic philosophy was marked by detachment from one’s emotions and indifference to the vicissitudes of life. NAS Exhaustive Concordance. Though perhaps the slightest shooting pang alarms us, yet I do not doubt, if days of martyrdom should return, the martyr-spirit would return with martyrs’ trials; and if once more Smithfield’s fires needed victims, there would be victims found innumerable — holocausts of martyrs would be offered up before the shrine of truth. But when Christ by His Spirit grips you, what can you not do? There is no doubt whatever that Jesus Christ makes his people strong by strengthening their faith. EXTENT AND SOURCE OF THE CHRISTIAN’S POWER People rarely stay at the same address for more than five years. But we can live victoriously, because we can do all things through Christ. The correct biblical balance is that I do it, but I do it by constant dependence on the power of Christ who indwells me. The lad pinched his nose and exclaimed, "Who's been smoking in here!" 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Young's Literal reads "very strong is a working supplication of a righteous man"). They are baling water out of a leaky vessel; the leak gains on them, not they on the leak. He can obey God, he can live in holiness in thought, word, and deed. (Earle, R. Word Meanings in the New Testament). But do not go drivelling through this world, saying, “I was born little;” of course you were, but were you meant to be little, and with the little feebleness of a child all your days do little or nothing? It is so rarely included with v. 28, but nonetheless a key part of this passage. If his master should appoint him to a throne, he would rule well, or should he bid him play the menial part he would make the best of servants: in all places and in all duties the Christian is always strong enough, if the Lord his God be with him. Every Christian ought to read Hudson Taylor’s (biography or another short bio) Spiritual Secret, by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor, because it illustrates this principle of inner power in the life of a great missionary to China. I’ve never seen anything like it before.” “Did you not guess?” replied Timothy. Definition: to empower. 1989. To ease another's burden, help to carry it. Not for tomorrow would I ask; It isn’t about our desires, it‘s about God’s help for us through every moment and season of our lives. So what does contentment mean? 4:13; 1Ti 1:12; 2Ti 2:1; 4:17, Robertson say endunamoo means "to pour power into one" and reasons rightly that. We can do all things through Christ, because He is the light. We know not how much capacity for usefulness there may be in us. The children never knew about any financial difficulties, nor did they ever lack good food, clothes, or warmth. Christ strengthening him, a Christian is ready for all places. Together with this faith it often happens that the Holy Spirit also gives a singular firmness of mind — I might almost call it a celestial obstinacy of spirit. Most of us living in America have far, far more than our needs. Is it in thyself thou reliest? In knowing the truth of who our God is in this way, we can be at peace. One moment’s intermission of either, would instantly produce a suspension of all effective industry. Just send up a thought of aspiration, oh thou of little faith. But the point is, if you live for yourself and your own pleasure, you will not know God’s contentment. Rivers have their sources in the snow-capped mountains. In Philippians 4:13, the verb is present tense, meaning, God’s continual, day-by-day infusing me with strength as I serve Him. Paul has been encouraging the Philippians towards joy, reasonableness, lack of anxiety and God’s peace, to focus on that which is true. 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