Lacy Hardee

Philippians 4:13 is one of the most quoted verse in God’s Word. I have read the verse over and over. Its words are framed on the wall in my home in two places, and in my office as well. It was not until l continued to grow in the faith that I began to believe this verse is absolute fact. I learned we often do not take to heart what Paul was saying to us in these words: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Paul was certain of the fact Jesus Christ makes us stronger to help us accomplish our God-given potential. But in order to be strengthened, we must “work out” with the equipment God has given us. No athlete has ever gotten stronger without exerting effort, and no believer will ever become stronger in Christ without doing the same.

If we are willing to do all God asks of us, He has provided all the instruction we will ever need through His Word, but only if we use it.

2 Tim. 3:16-17 offers these words: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

If a body builder never lifts any weights, he can never expect to be what he aspires to be. As believers, God’s Word will not only show us the path, but in its words we will find instruction on how we become strong in our faith and how to live the life He has promised us.

Are you willing to lift the weight of God’s Word, every day, day in and day out, to be strengthened?

God also uses our life’s circumstances, as my pastor said, like resistance training, to build strength and character.

Many times we quit at the first sign of trouble or we keep asking God what we are doing wrong. In James 1:2-4 we find these words: “My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.”

So don’t quit, but examine your heart. We must search our hearts to see if we are off the track, give it to Him and press on toward our goal.

God also gave to us a sign of love, the cross. The ultimate sacrifice in His Son Jesus, Who God allowed to die, just for you, for me, and the entire world. He loves us more than we could ever love ourselves or anyone else.

We can have strength in the fact that our God had victory over death and through Jesus, so shall all of us who believe and trust in Him.

Are you willing to do all the work outs to be as strong in Christ? My pastor, Clay Nesmith, once offered this simple little food for thought: “Instruction without participation only leads to frustration.”

All God asks is that we be willing. He has the work out plan. Are you willing?

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