February 12, 2022 Pastor Mark Sage

"I" Can Do All Things?

"I" Can Do All Things?

Philippians 4:13 has been used much in our society today as a popular slogan.  It is varied in its use but the most common way it has been used is on the t-shirts of several sports stars and famous personalities.  The slogan though goes like this: “I CAN DO ALL THINGS.” While some are thankful for it as it is a Bible quote, in reality – it is a watered-down, mis-appropriated and inappropriate statement that gives a false message.

As Believers we should never emphasize what we can do.  It has never been about us but has always been about God.  Obviously, the real quote is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  It is our precious Lord who redeemed us from our lost condition by faith and repentance – and has promised to be with us and to bear our burdens and has also empowered us to be faithful in any situation.  To leave God out of Philippians 4:13 takes the TRUTH out of the verse and renders it worthless.

In addition, the context of the Philippians 4:13 shows us that Paul made this statement not in recognition of his successes – but rather in the hardships he endured.  When he wrote this, he was imprisoned in Rome, not knowing what the future held for Him other than this – whether he abounded or was abased, he could be content and give God glory.  Philippians 4:11 is a wonderful verse to help us in our walk with Christ.  It says, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  So whether in a victory or a setback, Paul knew he could glorify God therein.

I'm glad we have the same God that we can depend on today that Paul had. But I can't do it. I'm not the key, it is through HIM! He is the one that strengthens me through every trial and hardship and keeps me settled when I have a victory because I know that it was He that did it and allowed me to be a part of it. It is not about "I", it is all about "HIM!"

  • Pastor Mark Sage