Philippians 4:13 EXPLAINED | “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13
The meaning of Philippians 4:13 is the EXACT OPPOSITE of what many people are saying it means.
Here’s what this verse does NOT teach:
- You can overcome any problem
- You will get that past due bill paid
- You will get that job
- You will be healed of any health issue
I honesty hate that there are so many verses that people twist to sell t-shirts and gifts.
Yes, God can do anything. But God has never promised us we can ‘fix anything through Christ’. God has never promised that all of our earthly problems would be solved or taken away.
If God did promise those things, well, everyone on the planet would be a Christian. Just seeing the benefits of us accomplishing anything we wanted would lead people to God for all the wrong reasons. Talk about making God a Genie in a bottle.
Here’s what’s really going on in Philippians 4:13, and what Paul is telling us.
Contrary to what people teach, Paul is teaching the exact opposite. Paul is actually saying that even if he is suffering, or in need, that his joy doesn’t come from solving those problems. He’s saying his joy comes from knowing Christ. Even during bad times, Jesus strengthens him/us as he counsels us, guides us, and encourages us. In other words, even if you lose your job, or can’t pay a bill, your source of joy should not be from fixing those problems.
Paul wanted us to realize that planet earth hurls all kinds of problems our way, and if our joy is found in earthly things, well, we’re going to be in for an emotional roller coaster ride. However, if our joy is found in Christ, well, even when life hit’s rock bottom, we can still find joy. That’s the meaning of “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
Now, let’s look at the verse in its full context:
But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity – Philippians 4:10
[SO, THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS LETTER HAVE BEEN CONCERNED FOR PAUL]
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am – Philippians 4:11
[PAUL JUST TOLD US, HE IS CONTENT, GOOD OR BAD, NO MATTER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCE HE’S IN]
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need – Philippians 4:12
[PAUL MADE ZERO MENTION OF HAVING PROBLEMS SOLVED. HE NOT ONLY DESCRIBED GOOD TIMES, BUT ALSO BEING CONTENT WHEN HE HAD TO LIVE WITH HUMBLE MEANS (A NICE WORD FOR BEING ‘BROKE’). HE SAID HE WAS CONTENT WHILE GOING HUNGRY, OR EVEN SUFFERING NEED.
HAVING SAID ALL THAT, NOW PAUL MAKE’S HIS POINT OF HOW HE IS HAPPY IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me Philippians 4:13
So, friends, while we all want our problems solved, the lesson here is not about having our circumstances fixed. It’s about learning to lean on Jesus and depend on Him, even if the circumstances don’t get better. It’s about letting Jesus be the source of our joy.
Just knowing that Jesus is always with and in us, and that He swears to never leave us or forsake us, should produce all kinds of joy, even if the desires of the flesh are not being met.
God Bless You All!
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.