Wednesday 18 May 2022 – Transformed week 2

Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

I ran a race over the weekend that I had not properly trained for, and man am I feeling it now! Every muscle hurts! But this got me thinking about the ways that God strengthens. 

Sometimes God gives supernatural one-off strength. For example, the return of Samson’s physical strength right before he died (Judges 16), or the disciples sudden and temporary ability to speak languages they’d never learnt (Acts 2). 

But more often He builds strength in us through day-by-day relationship. Brick by brick. Just like good physical training requires repetitive exercise and slow muscle build-up. I think of Peter, who followed Jesus and went from impulsive immaturity to the rock on which the church was built. He was able to do all things through God who strengthened him, but it took time – daily small decisions, daily exercising of his faith, growing from his mistakes, walking with God. Brick by brick. 

Lord, please help me be patient! To trust that as I’m walking with you each day, I am growing to be more like you. When the end comes may I finish strong in You, not exhausted by a race I wasn’t prepared for. Amen

Written by Rhiannon Mellor

4 replies
  1. Richard says:

    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
    I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me
    I can DO all things through Christ who strengthens me
    I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me
    I can do all THINGS through Christ who strengthens me
    I can do all things THROUGH Christ who strengthens me
    I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me
    I can do all things through Christ WHO strengthens me
    I can do all things through Christ who STRENGTHENS me
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens ME

    Placing the emphasis on each word as we speak this verse out loud gives clarity to the verse.

    Reading it in context gives greater clarity as well. In context this verse is about living life in Christ in the best of times and the worst of times. It is about finding contentment in Christ – not having it all as a means of contentment, but having Christ and His sufficiency as contentment.

    Father help me to find my contentment in You and in so doing the ability to do all things through Christ.

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  2. robWise says:

    ..someone once alluded to my walk as being like a flagstone path, each step having its own wisdom. Sometimes i feel like a tiny little hedgehog negotiating this path, making it feel more like an urbanathlon, where every step is a more like a climb, and wisdom appearing like cryptic crossword clues…
    Lord, please give me the strength and understanding i need to negotiate this flagstoned lifepath with its ruts and obstacles..
    ..(reposted on correct day)…

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    • Florence Farjandi says:

      Awesome. Yes I can do everything. Because He promised me. Amen
      God bless you multiple ❤️



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