It’s interesting. There is so much that I’m quite powerless to change in our world. And to be quite honest, this powerlessness to change things in our world makes me feel powerless as a person, sometimes. But then I am reminded that when I am weak in the world’s eyes, that I can be strong in God’s eyes. I am encouraged in Christ that I can do all things through Him. Philippians 4. In the context of this verse that is quoted all the time, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It is rarely mentioned that the context surrounding this verse, is both to suffer need and to have an abundance, and in understanding this truth, maybe I have discovered the essence of true personal power. That I should focus on those things that I can do and to let go of those things which I cannot.
To determine in my heart to clean the lens of my light and shine it for Christ, in this dark world, as far and wide as I can. That I am not promised control to only have situations of abundance, but I am promised the presence of Christ in abundance in all situations. That whatever the situation, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And so it is feeling powerless in this 🌎 world, that causes me to draw ever closer to my Savior, who walks not only with me in this world but will lead me in the world to come. And when I understand that regardless of my power or powerlessness in this world, I am truly important in the eyes of Jesus. Then I see that I am empowered to do the right thing and to be a good man, through the Holy Spirit’s strength, in “whatever” is my present. Being able to accept my reality, which sometimes was designed by the enemy, to make me feel powerless; does in fact then make me feel truly powerful in Christ, when I draw closer to Him. That which was intended to hurt me actually strengthens me, when I look through the corrected and cleansed lens of Jesus. He is my strength. He is my Provider. He is the anchor of my soul. He is that which I live for, in this life and that which I shall live for, in eternity. Because the darker the day becomes around me, the more certainly I can live in the light Within, for Christ.
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength.