Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stuck On The "I Can"

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me"
or paraphrased~
"I can do all things through Christ who continually pours His strength into me"

What I have learned about myself is that I often get stuck on the first few words of this well known verse.  "I can do all things"....and I tend to forget that what I can do is only possible if Christ continually pours HIS strength into me.

Recently I read about a woman with a debilitating chronic illness, who prayed and gave thanks for God's strength throughout her days.  If she was making breakfast she prayed for strength for that task.  While caring for her children she prayed for strength to do so.  Every single task took great effort and she had learned that without Christ's strength being continually poured into her she could not accomplish these things.  Without Christ's strength being renewed on a task to task basis, she was too weak to function as she needed to.  What an amazing testimony!

I believe that the "I can" attitude keeps us from giving and receiving some of God's greatest blessings!  We are not in this life alone. When we rely on Christ not only in our times of need, but every single day in every single way, we are able to be used more for HIS glory, and we become closer to Him.  We know without a doubt, that He loves us and we are blessed!

I can??


HE can!


Elaine said...

Oh Rene! What a tremendous testimony! I so often forget to ask for help.... with every little thing....

I so often think I have to "do" it on my own:(:(:(

Christ is my helper. Lord, please help me to remember this!

Thanks for brightening my day today!


Renee said...

So glad this touched your heart Elaine...I found this womans story especially touching for us with CFS or Lyme, etc. Sending hugs your way and pray you have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Gayle said...

Wow, I love this thought to pray through every single task "I can". I too take on way too much. Thank you for a thoughtful post.
Gayle from Behind the Gate