The Secret to Abounding

| February 4, 2015

Although all Scripture is God-breathed and useful, there are a handful of verses we use so much that they have become famous. John 3:16 is at the top of the list, followed closely by Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” The popularity of John 3:16 makes perfect sense; it is the gospel of Jesus Christ in a nutshell. But why do we like Philippians 4:13 so much? I think we are drawn to it because, on the surface, it sounds a whole lot like the American dream, but with a Christian twist. While it is certainly a useful verse, I fear that we often miss its full application or even use it wrongly. 

Growing up in the United States, we are bred to believe that we can accomplish anything we want, that all of our goals and dreams are within reach. We like the idea that we can do anything or everything, and at a glance, Philippians 4:13 seems to support that idea—“I can do all things.” But did Paul really mean that as long as we rely on Christ’s strength we can do anything? Is he suggesting that we can become CEO of a…

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