I Can Do All Things Through Christ: Verse and Life Application

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Being a follower of Christ is an amazing experience.  The realization that His shed blood covers all sin is truly the most loving gift of all time.  Before you read on, please take time to pray and thank Jesus for His selfless act of redeeming love for you.

Jesus said in Matthew 16:24, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  Did Jesus really mean to take up a literal cross?  If need be, yes.  He meant that just as men who were crucified and persecuted back then, we are to also live our lives worthy of the calling and accept all persecution that comes our way.  “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Rom 12:1)  When we willingly lay our lives down for the cause of Christ, we are showing our loyalty and unwavering allegiance to our Savior.  Have you ever been in a situation where you chose the easy road instead of being persecuted?  I know I have before and I felt absolutely horrible later.  So, how can we be absolutely sure that we can get through any situation while staying on the road less traveled?  Phil 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  What better way to show this then to look at some great examples from the Bible.  One quick note, the examples that I have chosen are all from the Old Testament, so Christ was not actually a human yet, but He was still alive with God in heaven.  These men got their strength from God; the same God who made Himself a man through Christ.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Daniel chapter 3 tells of how these three men refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden idol.  They already knew in advance the punishment they were going to have to go through; the fiery furnace.  These men were true warriors of the faith.  They responded to Nebuchadnezzar’s rage with, “If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (Dan 3:17-18)  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego put all of their trust in God, even in the midst of their impending doom. The furnace was so hot that the men that threw them in the furnace died!  Daniel’s three friends survived the furnace untouched through the help of someone with the likeness of “a son of the gods.” (Dan 3:25)  Some scholars actually believe that this was a physical appearance of Christ before His incarnation (a Christophany).

Daniel

The story of Daniel and the lions’ den is found in Daniel chapter 6.  Daniel stayed true and loyal to God by praying 3 times a day to Him, even when it was forbidden.  The king was forced to throw Daniel into the den of lions, but Daniel’s faith was solid.  God saved Daniel by sending an angel to shut the mouths of the lions throughout the entire night.  Daniel walked out of the den the next morning untouched.

Moses

Moses was very obedient to the Lord.  With God’s strength, Moses went to Pharaoh on 10 occasions to tell him of plagues that would come upon the land of Egypt if Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go.  Can you imagine how stressful it must have been to speak to the leader of a nation just as Moses did?  Moses was able to do so because of God.  All 10 times, God followed through with the plagues He promised.  Moses led 600,000 men, besides women and children, out of Egypt and into freedom.  This included leading them all through the parted waters of the Red Sea.  With faith and trust in God, Moses succeeded.  The plagues are recorded in Exodus chapters 7-12 and the crossing of the Red Sea can be found in Exodus chapter 14.

David

The story of David and Goliath is recorded in 1 Samuel 17.  Goliath was no ordinary man.  He stood 9’9” tall!  His shield covered his entire body.  Most of his armor was made of bronze.  His coat of mail, alone, weighed 125lbs.  Goliath was built like a Mack truck and his strength was astounding.  It is easy to see why he stood out “for forty days…morning and evening” (1 Sam 17:16) with no one to accept his challenge.  “All of the men of Israel, when they saw the man, (Goliath) fled from him and were much afraid.” (1 Sam 17:24)  David showed absolute courage in offering his life to fight this giant.  He showed no fear as he said to Saul, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Sam 17:37)  David then went out and defeated Goliath with a slingshot.  It would take a “man after God’s own heart” to be brave enough to challenge such a formidable opponent.  With God’s hand, David prevailed.

Conclusion

These are only a few of the amazing stories of true heroes of the Bible.  All of these men prevailed because they received their strength from the Lord.  Even though Philippians was not written yet for any of these men, they still believed in Philippians 4:13.  They knew that through God, they could do all things because He provides strength.  So, whenever the storms of life head your way, think about these men.  Think about how Christ, himself, will provide you with the strength to make it through.  God bless you as you continue your walk with Him.

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Abibo Stephen November 9, 2012 at 7:51 am

The verses really thrilled me. Be blessed

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Derek November 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thank you so much Abibo. I am very blessed by our Creator to be able to spread His Holy Word through WCWTK. Blessings upon you as well!

In His Name Always,
Derek

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Jack Wellman November 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Derek, you are such a good writer and teacher and these names are a classic example of do things in HIS strength and not our own. Far too many times I fail at this in that I came, I saw, I failed (as opposed to conquered). I always appreciate your Bible lessons in that we are always learning for you have shown us here the hard work of inspiration and perspiration. I am so thankful to God that He directed you to us and we are so blessed by your teachings my friend and brother for which I thank you and I thank God FOR you.

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Derek November 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Thank you so much Jack. I am so thankful that God is giving me opportunities to spread His Good News through this website. God is good always and I am 100% certain that His Holy Word is 100% accurate and true. I, like yourself, definitely fail more then i would like, but that is what makes His grace so precious. God is always there ready to forgive. All praise to the Father! I am thankful for you too Jack. I have learned much from you and I look forward to learning more from you brother. God bless you!

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Pamela Rose Williams November 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

Great article Derek … Phil 4:13 is my life verse, it is posted all over my house. I love how you showed Christ’s strength even through these Old Testament men. Great job.

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Derek November 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thank you Pam. I am a firm believer in this verse, especially after the storm I was just in. Christ was my strength and I have come out of it even stronger with Him. When Christ is our solid foundation, we won’t be shaken. Blessings to you and your family!

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jackie November 13, 2012 at 12:01 am

so encouraging essp.for someone like me who is just discovering Christ

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Derek Hill November 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I praise the Lord that you have found Jesus!! He IS the way the truth and the life! God bless you!

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Mlamuli November 14, 2012 at 2:00 am

Hallow Derek,what a good article and the way you motivate you article by quoting these four amazing stories in the old Testament you make me fill stronger again.Thanks for what you share with us as followers of WCWTK and thanks for your teachings.God bless you Derek and carry on to spread good news of God.Amen!

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Derek Hill November 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Thank you so much for your kind words Mlamuli! There is power in the Word and in prayer. I always feel stronger when I fill my mind and heart with God’s Word. God bless you and your loved ones.

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Ryan November 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

1 Corinthians 10:13 and Phil 4:13…
Between these two scriptures, I would think that any situation could be handled. What about those who commit suicide?

Is suicide unbiblical or is it the way out as described in 1 Corinthians 10:13?

Concerning the character of God as described in these two scriptures, are these aspects of him saved only for christians, or are the open for all so unbelievers can eventually come to him also?

Thanks for your time

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Derek Hill November 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Hello Ryan,
Thank you for your questions. Suicide is not mentioned in 1 Cor 10:13, unless you are referring to the part which states, “but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape.” This is not referring to suicide at all because that would contradict the commandment, “You shall not murder.” (Ex 20:13) 1 Cor 10:13 is saying that no matter what temptation is upon you, God will provide you a way out of it so that you will not sin. This verse is directed at those who already believe in Christ. Below I have posted a link (an article by our own Jack Wellman) that I am sure will bring you to closure and peace on the issue of suicide. Thank you so much for stopping by WCWTK. God bless you. If this doesn’t show up as a link, just copy and paste it in your browser.

Can a Christian Commit Suicide and Still Be Saved? A Biblical Analysis

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/archives/#ixzz2DkC6KPrx

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