I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency] – Philippians 4:13 AMPC.
Philippians 4:13 is one of the Scriptures that many of us Christians have memorized and use when we are faced with a task or challenge but when I meditated on it, I realized that there’s much more to this Scripture. In 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 Apostle Paul tells a story about how they were faced with trouble to the point of death and how they were delivered by GOD when their strength had run out and they had to rely on Christ’s strength.
At some point we have to come to the end of ourselves so that GOD can take over. Hebrews 10:38 says ‘the just shall live by faith but if anyone draws back My soul has no pleasure in that person’. Jesus also says in Luke 9:62 that ‘no one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’. These Scriptures mean that once you decide to become a Christian, you have to count the cost and make up your mind that there’s no turning back. This walk being a spiritual walk will require you to walk by faith and at some point your own power will run out and you will have to tap into that of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Since we are already here, let’s stick it out, draw strength from Jesus and adopt the attitude and words of Simon Peter in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” We don’t give up or turn back when things get difficult, we stick it out and when we run out of strength, we become self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency for He has promised us the victory. “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory,” Psalms 118:14 NLT.
Once you decide to become a Christian, you have to count the cost and make up your mind that there’s no turning back