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I Can Do All Things

Philippians 4:13 RSV

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgI can do that! Have you heard that phrase before? A friend was having a tough road ahead of them and someone posted on their Facebook page – we can do this! Tough things will come our way dear readers. The rain falls on the good and the bad – says the Scriptures.

What tough thing has come your way of late? Some of the tough things that have happened to me over the last 2-3 years could be the foundation for a book on tough times. Just to name a few things – my father died – my mom’s dementia got worse – we lost a grand-baby 24 hours after we were given her (her birth mom changed her mind and decided to parent her) – I was struck by a tractor-trailer and my car was demolished (and yes I saw my life flash before me) – my long time black lab died of cancer (I held him as he drew his last breath) – and more. In each of these moments and others – I tried hard to rely on the One who gives me strength for every day. I remember quoting today’s passage often – I can do all things in/through Him who strengthens me.

Dear reader – what are some of the tough times you are going through? I know some who are facing cancer – addictions – life threatening diseases – and the death of a family member (one of my clergy friends lost a young daughter while another clergy friend lost a grandfather – father – and brother – all who were clergy).

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 4:4–13 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me. (RSV)

Trust in Jesus! We can face all things if our focus is on Jesus. Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. God is always with us – the very end of life!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 18, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , ,

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