"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
What does the word "all" not include? The word "all" is "all" inclusive. In this verse comes the assurance that we can do all things regardless of what they are. But the source of this ability comes through Christ. For with Him nothing is impossible. Therefore, for us who are in Him, who look to Him, who follow Him, who put their trust and faith in Him, whatever we are called upon to do we can do it.
Does that mean I can live a godly and holy life? Does that mean I can resist temptation and stand firm when it comes? Does that mean I can deny my flesh the lusts it craves and yield to the Spirit's leadership? Does that mean that I can walk victorious over besetting sin? Do "all" things include the ability to let my light shine even in the darkest situation, to be bold when needed, to stand strong in adversity, to cease from anger, to forsake bitterness, to forgive those who have wronged me, to love my enemies, to do good to those who have despitefully used me?
"All things" means whatever you face, whatever you are called upon to do, whatever battle that arises to fight, whatever act you have to perform-- you can do it. You can do it because your life is hid in Christ. It is He who gives you the wisdom to perform the task, who puts the answer in your mouth, who gives you grace, who directs your steps, who pours His love into your heart, who perfects His strength in you, and who puts His power (the same power that raised Jesus from the dead) in you. "Nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Matthew 17:20) as long as you put your faith and trust in Christ and remember that He is the source of your strength and the giver of your ability to do all things.
Have a great day. When it says you can do "all" things through Christ-- it includes "all" things.
For further reading:
2 Corinthians 12:9
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