Gives Me Strength

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 92 - Philippians 4:13 - Gives Me Strength - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 92 – Philippians 4:13 – Gives Me Strength – Growing As Disciples

I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NCV)

Assignments

There is no doubt about it. There is no doubt about what? There is no doubt in my mind that you will ask me to go and do things that are beyond my ability. Is this a rare occurrence? Is this something quite unusual? I wouldn’t say so. What would you say? I would say that at a minimum you frequently ask me to do what is way outside my comfort zone. It isn’t even rare for you to ask me to do something that is far beyond my ability. I can never say to myself, “This couldn’t be the Lord speaking to me; He would never ask me to do something so difficult and far beyond my ability” In fact, just the opposite is true. How so? When a difficult task is before me, I tend to believe that you are asking me to come to rely on you. In difficult moments of decision, when I am deciding to take on or reject an assignment, I often suspect that you are asking me to move forward with you. You are once again asking me if I will place all my faith and trust in you. In all of these moments of decision, when you are asking me to do something for you, I pray that I will have all the strength I will need to say, “yes” to you. That is very good.

What would your life be like if I never asked you to do something that was difficult and challenging? What would be the condition of your faith if you never needed to come to rely on me? How much fruit for my kingdom and glory would you bring to my name if you sat back and rested on easy street the rest of your life? You do make my life exciting. I know that I will never be bored as I follow and serve you. You want me to come to rely on you every day. You want me to place all my faith and trust in you with every step on my journey through life with you. Often, I have asked you to allow me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Frequently, I have said that I want to shine brightly in the world for you, so I could bring glory to your name. I know that all that you want to do in and through me will require full engagement and significant effort on my part. Make no mistake about it, I welcome you to do in and through me whatever is in your plans. I will welcome your difficult and challenging assignments. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will rely on you to make me able to do all that you ask of me. That will be very good. 

Lord, I know what you are up to. You have often asked me to go and do what was far beyond my ability. You have often caused me to cry out to ask you for help. You have made me reliant on you. Thank you for hearing my prayer and deepening my faith in you. Amen

Key Question… How has your faith grown as you have relied on the Lord to help you to do an impossible task?

Living It Out… Rely on the Lord to help you to go and do what is far beyond your ability.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will make you able to go and do all that He asks of you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you to do what was far beyond your ability.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on the Lord to give you the strength you will need to do what He asks of you.

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Who Gives Me Strength

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 94 - Philippians 4:13 - Who Gives Me Strength - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 94 – Philippians 4:13 – Who Gives Me Strength – Growing As Disciples

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

His Strength

How do you feel right now? I’m really tired. I feel worn out and discouraged. I’m not sure that I can keep doing the work that you have given me to do. I don’t have the strength. That’s very good. Very good, why is that good? What will you do because you don’t have the strength to continue? I’m not sure. Will you quit and give up? No, I’m certainly not going to give up. I have come this far with you already. There is no turning back. There is no giving up. So, what will you do? I will do what I have done hundreds maybe thousands of times before. What’s that? I will cry out to you and ask you for your strength. That sounds good. How has that worked for you in the past? You have never let me down. You have always met me in my weakness. In my weakness you have always shown me your strength. Yes, I have. Why then did you have a moment of hesitation about what you might do now in your present weariness, discouragement and weakness? I’m not sure. I know that I have been slow to learn. I know that I have had a tendency to forget the lessons you have taught me. Yes, that’s true.

What lesson do you think I would like you to learn and never forget? You want me to always rely on you for your strength. You want me to allow your power and strength to work in and through me. Yes, I do. What won’t happen if you rely on my strength? I won’t get so discouraged, weary and worn out. No, you won’t. Don’t think that you will never get tired. You will. Don’t think that you won’t ever be discouraged. You will. But you will not experience the same crushing weariness and complete discouragement that you now feel.

What do you think I want you to know and feel when you rely on my strength? You want me to know that you are working in and through my life. You want me to know that I am being used for your kingdom and your glory. You want me to know that you are bearing an abundance of fruit through my life. You want me to feel joy and satisfaction in knowing that I am doing what you have asked me to do for you. You want me to feel peace and rest in the midst of hard work in the knowledge that I am being used by you. Yes, I do.

How do you feel right now? Weariness and discouragement have left me. I feel revived in my heart and mind and soul. Have you taken a nap since we began our conversation? No, you know that I haven’t. Why are you now revived? In your presence I have been revived. I fell your encouragement, power and strength. Will you go on? Will you continue to serve me? Yes Lord, it is my joy to serve you.

Once again you have learned a valuable lesson. Yes Lord, you have taught me another lesson. Tell me what you have learned. I have learned again that I can come to you. You will revive me. You will strengthen me. You will encourage me. You will lift me up. You will help me to keep following and serving you. Yes, I will.

Lord, there have been many times I have felt unable to do what you have given me to do. My weakness has caused me to come to ask for your strength. You have taught me to rely on you. Thank you for giving me your strength and helping me to do all things. Amen

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Through Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Spiritual Warfare - Philippians 4:13 - Through Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Philippians 4:13 – Through Him – Growing As Disciples

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Do This?

I can’t do this. You can’t do what? I can’t do what you are asking me to do. Why is that? It is far beyond my ability. I don’t have the gifts, talents or abilities to accomplish what you want me to do for you. Is that right? It seems true to me. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Would I ask you to do something that you couldn’t accomplish? Is that a trick question? No, it is not a trick question. Then I will answer it. It seems like you regularly ask me to do things that I cannot accomplish with my own gifts, talents and abilities. Am I wrong about that? You are not wrong about that. What am I wrong about? Let me ask you a couple more questions. Ask away. Have you been accomplishing what I have given you to do? Yes, I have been accomplishing what you have given me to do. Has what I have given you to do been beyond your abilities? Yes, your assignments have been beyond my abilities. Yet, you have accomplished them, is that correct? Yes, that is correct. How is that possible? You can’t do something, yet you have done it. You haven’t had the gifts, talents and abilities to do what I have asked of you, yet you have gone and done what I have asked of you. Can you explain that to me? I have had to come to rely on you. I have had to come to you to ask you for your help. I have had to rely on your power and strength to make me able to do what you have asked of me. Is that a problem? Do you not like relying on me? Is it too bothersome for you to come to me to ask for my help? Do you not enjoy my power and strength to make you able to do what you could not possibly do?

No, I do like relying on you. It is not too bothersome for me to come to ask you for your help. I do enjoy your power and strength working in and through me to help me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. What is the problem then? Do you have a short memory? How so? When I ask you to do something beyond your abilities now, have you forgotten that I have helped you in the past? Hasn’t your faith grown stronger as I have helped you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? No, I don’t have a short memory. I do remember that you have been helping me every day with every step I take through life with you. Yes, my faith has grown stronger as I have loved, followed and served you. Then, what is the problem? Sometimes, I would like life to be very comfortable and exceptionally easy. I would like to kick back and relax. I would like you to kick back and relax by trusting in me. I would like you to struggle and strive less and rely on me more. When you are weary and worn out, what can you suspect? I can suspect that I have been relying on myself and not on you. That’s right. Rest in me. Rely on me. Trust me. Have faith in me. I will make you able to do what you cannot do. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. One more thing. What’s that? Don’t expect life to be very comfortable and exceptionally easy. 

Lord, I’m done relying on my own efforts to try to accomplish what I can’t do with my own strength. Instead, I will rely on your help. I know that I can do everything you have called me to do with the strength that you will give me. Amen

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Do All Things

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - Philippians 4:13- Do All Things - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Philippians 4:13- Do All Things – Growing As Disciples

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (ESV)                        

Your Strength

I’m done. I give up. What are you done with? What are you giving up on? I’m done trying to serve you with my own strength. I’m giving up on relying on myself, trying to do what you have given me to do for you. It’s about time, don’t you think? What do you mean by that? It was never my plan for you to rely on yourself to do what I have given you to do for me. Why do you think I have given you so many tasks that you couldn’t accomplish by yourself? Is that what you have been doing? I thought maybe I was just a miserable failure. No, you are not a miserable failure. Yes, I have been giving you God sized tasks so that you would learn to come to rely on me. I want to grow your faith. I want to develop your trust. So often, you have trusted and relied on yourself. You will never be able to accomplish the God sized tasks that I give to you without your relying on me. You will never grow in your faith unless you allow me to work in and through your life. So, it is a good thing that you are done with relying on your own strength and are giving up on your own efforts. I guess so. You guess so? No, I am certain that it is good to start putting all my faith and trust in you. It is a good time for me to begin to rely fully on you for all the strength that I will need to do all that you ask me to do for you. Yes, it is.

So, what are you going to do differently? How are you going to begin to rely fully on me? Well, I will come to you to ask for your help. I will seek your wisdom. I will rely on your strength. I will ask you to give me your power. I will ask you to show me when, where, and how you want me to do something for you. I will take whatever steps you guide me to take. I will not race ahead of you. I will not lag behind you. I will not turn aside to the right or to the left. I will follow where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.

Do you believe that I will help you? Do you have faith that I will make you able to do everything that I give you to do for me? Yes Lord, I believe that you will give me your power and strength to do whatever you ask of me. That’s very good.

Lord, I have tried to serve you with my own strength alone. Those efforts of mine have often failed miserably. I am done relying on myself. I need your help. I need all the strength that you will give me to do all that you ask me to do for you. Amen

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I Can

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Mixed Emotions - Philippians 4:13 - I Can - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotionals Study Guide – Mixed Emotions – Philippians 4:13 – I Can – Growing As Disciples

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (ESV) 

Impossible

This is too hard. This is too difficult. You have asked too much of me. This is beyond my gifts, talents and abilities. I can’t possibly do what you are asking me to do for you. Why do you do this to me? Do what to you? Why do you ask so much of me? You have done this to me many times before. What have I done to you many times before? You have asked me to do the impossible. You have asked me to do something that I cannot do. You have asked me to do something that was way outside the scope of my gifts, talents and abilities. You’ve noticed, that’s good. You’re right, I have done this to you many times before and you can be sure that I will do it to you many times again. What? Why is that? You tell me. I’m not sure. Take a guess.

You have given me impossible assignments so that I would be forced to come to rely on you for your help. You got it. How good would you be at relying on me if I gave you nothing but easy assignments? I see your point. You haven’t answered my question. I have had a long history of trying to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. If you gave me nothing but easy assignments I would do nothing but rely on myself to accomplish them. That’s right. 

Could there be another reason why I might give you impossible assignments? Let me think. Go right ahead, give my question some depth thought. You want me to learn that you are with me to help me. You want me to know that you will work in and through my life. You want me to know that your hand is on me. You want me to know that you will use my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That’s right. 

Could there be one more reason why I might give you impossible assignments? You want everyone to know that you are the one who has accomplished the impossible. I have not accomplished the impossible. I will not receive credit for doing what I could not have done. It is you that will receive all the praise and glory and honor in doing what could not be done. When the impossible gets done, fruit is born for your kingdom and glory is brought to your name. But, I do get to rejoice and give thanks that you have worked in and through my life. That’s right. Will you come to rely on me? Will you allow me to do the impossible in and through your life? Will you allow me to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name through your life? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.                               

Lord, what is there that I cannot do with your strength? Nothing? I know that I am weak. I know that you are strong. I will rely on you to give me strength to do what I couldn’t possibly do by myself. Help me to be able to do what you are asking me to do for you. Amen

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