Can I really do ALL things? Much has been written, taught and expected about one verse of scripture, Philippians 4:13. This scripture has been rudely yanked out of context and magnified to validate all kinds of error. In essence it is believed that because of the strength obtained from God, I can accomplish my desired goals and overcome anything! Let's closely examine the context and determine if this belief is accurate or not.
The following is an excerpt from the book "Godly Abundance and Prosperity" in the chapter "Be Content".
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Paul has learned how to be content, regardless of the state of his physical circumstances and resources.
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
Paul was not a puppet to uncertainty and challenging circumstances. He does not ignore his circumstances, he faces them, he deals with them. His contentment is not dependent upon his economic circumstances.
Notice that his contentment is a skill he learned. He has learned the secret of facing and managing unstable, changing economic conditions. What is this secret knowledge and wisdom? Where is it?
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Be mindful of the context! What “…all things…” is Paul referring to?
Paul is certainly not referring to being able to accomplish anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless of his resources.
The secret to contentment is within your relationship with your Heavenly Father by way of the gift of holy spirit. That is where you will have your own personal (internal, mental) need met so that you too can be content in every economic circumstance.
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In conclusion, it was not Paul's circumstances that changed to suit him, it was Paul that changed, so that he could remain content. He managed his changing circumstances by changing the manner of his life and behavior.
1 Timothy 6:6
Now there is GREAT GAIN in godliness with contentment
Regardless of our circumstances, it is available for each one of us to be so strengthened that we can be content every 24 hours. We can experience the great gain of "godliness with contentment"!
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