You Can Do It

I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

What keeps people from serving God? Some people put it off until the perfect time, as we discussed yesterday. Others do not think they can do what’s required. They do not possess the confidence in their abilities or natural talents. This verse provides the antidote to such fears. We can do whatever God requires of us. We can do whatever God calls us to do.

Some people have foolishly used this verse to claim they can perform miracles or do whatever comes to mind as long as they believe it. But Paul makes clear his point: We can do what God requires of us. Sometimes God provided Paul with abundance, but other times Paul suffered loss. He learned in every situation to be content (Philippians 4:11). Why? Because he can do anything God requires of Him. He can fulfill God’s calling because God will enable Him to do it.

This verse speaks to Christians who fear moving forward for God. They do not think that they possess the talents, experience or strength to step forward for God. We will never lack reasons to not move forward. The day we run out of reasons, Satan will provide us with more. We need to trust God and move forward holding on to this promise, that He will provide the strength to do it.

The Christian life by its very nature is a life of faith. Had David thought too hard on the difficulties in battling Goliath, he would have concluded the odds were too long and retreated from battle. But God will abundantly provide the strength for you to do what He wants you to do. When fear comes knocking at your door, quote this verse to yourself: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of doing something for God? Has fear gripped your heart to the point of paralyzing you? Then pray this prayer to God:

Lord, forgive me when I allow fear and worry to fill my mind so that I do not move forward for You. Give me the grace and strength to serve You, committing all my anxieties to You, knowing that You care for me. I know that I will never on my own accomplish much for You, but I believe I can do anything You want me to through Christ who strengthens me. In Jesus’ dear name. Amen.

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