August 23

August 23, 2018 // Devotional+Holiness in High Country

Read: Philippians 4:10-13

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).

I Can Do All Things Through Christ

Does God offer a man power to keep on going when he feels like quitting? That is a high claim, but holiness enables us to walk in high country! Paul shows us the power available. He was in jail when he would have preferred to be free; he had to write a letter when he would rather have gone to visit the church at Philippi.

But Paul had found the power he needed. “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Where did Paul learn these lessons of living above the disappointments and frustrations of life? He learned them where we may learn them — from the Holy Spirit, who reminds us of the example of our Lord. It was Jesus who faced life’s darkest hour and prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39). It was Jesus who said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

This strength that comes from God is not sheer endurance. To endure is better than to collapse. But one can endure while at the same time being discouraged, resigned to circumstances, surrendering life’s high goals, and living ineffectively. The power of God is better than that.

Prayer For Today

My Father, today I accept Thy power not only to carry my burden but also to know the joy that Thou dost give in spite of burdens. Help me to grow in this grace also.

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