Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV
I. “I can do…”
a. God has called us “to do”
1. In the NKJV the term “good works” is mentioned 15 times. All within the context of Christian expectation and conduct.
2. Though good works cannot save God expects them of us, for we were created good works.
b. He Himself, is not a God of inaction He is active in our lives.. This should comfort us….
“Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26 NKJV
I can do!….
II. All things through Christ
a. The things we are called to do should
1. be done in God’s strength
2. edify (or build-up) the body of Christ
2 Corinthians 12:19 says “We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification.”
b. the Greater works…
Jesus said in John 14:12-13 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
The Greek word for greater (meizōn) is mentioned about 45 times in scripture and is indeed usually translated greater. It can be translated greater and also bigger, taller, or even stricter.
I believe Jesus is speaking in terms of quantity not quality. Because He sent the Spirit the Church should be active doing and thus the quantity of works will increase immeasurably. Jesus work on the earth, through us the church, should be a constant.
III. Who strengthens me
a. When we are called to work for God He comes along side to strengthen us, we never work alone!!!
1. “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” 2 Timothy 4:17
2. “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 17:14
b. His strength is found when we are weak
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Let’s look at 2 opposing world-views……
“Upon close inspection, this gospel offers no hope that you cannot generate yourself and only the comfort of having been true to yourself.” – Andy Crouch WSJ – FALSE!!!
“Some have wishes. Others like Joshua have purposes. A whole generation of Israel wished, and died still wishing. They had a wishbone, but no backbone. By faith in God Joshua turned “wishes” into land, cities, homes and possessions.” – REINHARD BONNKE
The latter view is correct. Let’s do some spiritual self-examination. Are we doing all things through Christ? Are we striving forward, forgetting what is behind and pressing onward? Or are we bowing down to the pressures of this life and thus beginning a downward spiral?
Look at Samson. He was a judge who did mighty works for God. He was a one-man army! Yet, he failed by repeatedly giving in to temptation and in the end broke his Covenant with God. He ended up being a laughing stock to the Philistines. He was put on display in a hall filled with God’s enemies. Let’s read his very last prayer…
“Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” Judges 16:28
God answered him.
Even in the end God was faithful. If you have failed it can turn around.
Press on! Get up! Submit to Christ and let Him bring the victory!!