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Philippians 4:13

Mr. Williams always took great care to encourage his students. Each day he would challenge them to do and be their best. 

One Monday morning he decided to begin the week asking each student to share their goals in life. 

“Matt,” he asked the sad looking student in the front row, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  

“Possible,” came the forlorn reply.  

“What do you mean, ‘possible’, Matt?” he wondered. 

“Well,” he said in a hopeless voice, “my Dad’s always saying to me, ‘Son, you are impossible.’ So, someday I want to know what it’s like to be possible, I guess.” 

Jesus on many occasions dispelled the “myth of the impossible.” On one occasion He said, “Nothing will be impossible for you.” On another, He promised, “With men this is impossible, but not with God. All things are possible.” One another occasion He said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” 

Paul said, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” And he did! He was a warrior who became the ultimate witness. He was the one who approved the stoning of Stephen, yet he became one of God’s most famous saints. He was the one who demonstrated to us that freedom comes from surrender – by exchanging our pursuits for God’s and our plans to the plan that God has for us. He is the one who first proclaimed that forgiveness and eternal life are available to anyone who believes! 

Prayer:  Help us, Heavenly Father, to look beyond what we are to what we can become if we make ourselves available to Your transforming power. Help us to “do it!” In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength. Philippians 4:13 

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Mr. Williams always took great care to encourage his students. Each day he would challenge them to do and be their best.
One Monday morning he decided to begin the week asking each student to share their goals in life.
“Matt,” he asked the sad looking child in the front row, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Possible,” came the forlorn reply.
“What do you mean, ‘possible’, Matt?” he wondered.
“Well,” he said in a hopeless voice, “my Dad’s always saying to me, ‘Son, you are impossible.’ So, someday I want to know what it’s like to be possible, I guess.”
Jesus on many occasions dispelled the “myth of the impossible.” On one occasion He said, “Nothing will be impossible for you.” On another, He promised, “With men this is impossible, but not with God. All things are possible.” Then again He said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
Paul said, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” And he did! He was a warrior who became the ultimate witness. He was the one who approved the stoning of Stephen yet he became one of God’s most famous saints. He was the one who demonstrated to us that freedom comes from surrendering our plans to the plan that God has for us. He was the one who first proclaimed that forgiveness and eternal life are available to anyone who believes!
Prayer: Help us, Heavenly Father, to look beyond what we are to what we can become when we make ourselves available to Your transforming power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When Harlan Sanders turned forty he realized that he could not point to anything in his life that could be considered a success. Whatever he attempted to do, failed. One day someone said to him, “Harlan, life begins at forty!” It jolted him in so much that it awakened his faith and he determined to begin again.
After a time of prayer he decided to open a service station. Shortly after its opening he added a luncheonette. One of his meals was fried chicken. To make it tastier he came up with a “special” batter and called it the Harlan Sanders’ Kentucky Fried Chicken. People enjoyed it so much that they soon recommended it to their friends. It brought him fame and fortune and the Governor of Kentucky made him a “Kentucky Colonel.” Soon people everywhere were buying the “Colonel’s” Kentucky Fried Chicken.
By God’s grace and the Colonel’s faith, what had been a life of failure and frustration became a life with a future and personal fulfillment. But his new life did not begin at forty. It began when God became the main ingredient of his life’s “recipe.”
When God becomes the main “ingredient” in our life, everything will become new. With Him as the centerpiece and His Word as our guide, we can overcome any obstacle or difficulty that stands in the way of our success.
Prayer: Let us always remember, Lord, that all things are possible when we trust in You and desire to honor You with the gifts and talents You have given us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do anything through him who gives me strength.
John Baker was an unlikely candidate to become a respected track star. He was not very well built, much shorter than other members of the track team and appeared to be uncoordinated. But something happened.
During his junior year in high school the coaches wanted his best friend to join the track team. He refused. When John learned of this he said, “Let me join and maybe he’ll come with me.” They agreed to John’s suggestion and both boys began running track together.
At the first cross country track event most eyes were focused on the state champion, Lloyd Goff. When the race began, he quickly took the lead. But as the racers approached the finish line, one runner was far in front of the others. The coach turned to his assistant and said, “Here comes Goff.” Taking his binoculars he looked and said, “Wow! It’s not Goff - it’s Baker.”
After the race the coach asked Baker how he was able to win the race. “I focused on the runner in front of me and said, ‘Am I doing my best?’ And when I passed him I said that about the next one in front of me until I passed them all.”
All of us who profess to be Christians need to ask ourselves constantly: “Am I doing my best for Christ?”
Prayer: You have given us so much, Father, that we sometimes forget what we have and what we can do for You. May we do more for You today than we did yesterday. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Bob Richards is the only two-time gold medal winner of the pole vaulting competition in the world Olympics. An ordained minister, the “Vaulting Vicar” once said, “I’ve never seen a great champion who quit when he was beaten. A champion refuses to go down and stay down. He bounces back to a greater victory every time.”
We often recall the events in the life of the Apostle Peter. On three occasions, during the trial of Jesus, he denied his Lord. He was against Gentile Christians and was known to be prejudiced against them on certain occasions. He often spoke without thinking and was seen as brash, and at times, impulsive. 
But in spite of these facts and faults, he was one of the “inner three” disciples, their recognized leader and eventually became the “spokesman” for the early church after Pentecost. 
In Peter we see one who failed but would not let his flaws and faults keep him down or keep him from being a follower of Jesus. We must always believe that when we fail to do what God has for us to do, He still loves us and will never forsake us or abandon us.
Prayer: We are grateful, Lord, for Your faithfulness and presence in our lives and that You will always love us in spite of our faults and failures. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
It was a hard-fought football game and a tough loss for the home team. Following the game a father asked his son, “Why did your team lose?”
“Well, Dad,” he answered, “the other team found a hole in our line and took advantage of it.”
“Why didn’t you close the hole?” asked the father.
“I tried, Dad,” he explained, “but I just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t strong enough.”
It is much easier to blame others for our failures than to admit that we may be the cause of a problem. That is called denial. But denial only keeps the problem going and the solution beyond our reach. Once we can admit “what is,” with God’s help we can deal with everything that He brings into our lives.
If we are able to admit that we have failed at anything or something large or small, whether it occurred yesterday or today, we can begin to learn from our experiences. And from our experiences comes insight; from insight comes wisdom; from wisdom comes learning; and from learning comes the lessons that we can apply to all of the opportunities that God brings into our lives.
Paul said that “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Whatever God brings into our lives is His will. And the strength we need to face and be victorious over anything and everything that He brings to us, will come from Him and our commitment to doing it. We cannot expect His strength to subdue things that do not concern Him or are not in His will for our lives. But if we are doing what He would have us to do, the victory will come from Him.
PrayerHelp us, Father, to look to You for the strength we need to do what You would have us to do and to be willing to give You the credit for our success. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
A fierce storm was raging. It was dark and cold, and Jim's mother was busy cleaning the kitchen. Nearing the end of her work, she said, "Please go outside and get me the mop, would you?"
"But Mom," he pleaded, "I'm afraid of the dark."
"Don't be afraid, son," she said. "Jesus is there to help you."
He opened the door, peered into the darkness, stuck one hand outside and said, "Jesus, would you please hand me the mop?”
Is that His responsibility?
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul said, "I can do everything with the help of Christ." Most of us wonder what he meant by "everything." So what did he mean?
As we live in Christ, with Christ, through Christ and for Christ, we can do everything through Christ as long as we are doing His will. His power is always available and His strength is certainly sufficient to meet, face and overcome any challenge that may confront us. But we must abide in His Word, be obedient to His teachings, and follow the directions He gives in His Word.
Prayer: Father, we know that You will never leave us nor forsake us as long as we are faithful to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Harlan Sanders had just turned forty. No matter what he tried, he failed. Nothing he did succeeded. He was discouraged and disheartened.
Then, one day someone said to him, “Life begins at forty!”
He decided to open a gas station. Shortly afterward, he added a luncheonette. People said that his chicken was tasteless. Rather than giving up on his tasteless chicken, he worked on new and different seasonings. One day he finally combined the right seasonings in the right amounts for his now famous recipe and called it Harlan Sanders’ Fried Chicken. It soon brought him fame and fortune and the governor of Kentucky made him a “Kentucky Colonel.” It was the beginning of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Through his faith in God he turned failure into fortune and tragedy into triumph and gave God the credit for his success. Life began at forty for the Colonel because he worked hard and trusted God. Hard work, trusting God and being faithful to the Lord is a winning combination. Follow the formula daily. It works.
Prayer: Father, help us to realize that failing does not make us a failure, but our lack of faith will.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
George Mallory, a famous mountaineer and explorer from England, led two expeditions to conquer Mount Everest. Both times he failed to conquer the mountain. He was so committed to conquer the mountain that he recruited another team to accompany him on another expedition.
He studied his past efforts thoroughly and made extensive preparations, carefully planning every detail. However, before he reached the top this time, an avalanche struck, killing him and most of his men.
One of the survivors was determined to honor Mallory. Looking at a picture of Mount Everest, he cried with tears in his eyes, “We shall defeat you some day because you can’t get any bigger and we can.”
When we feel defeated or destroyed by the tragedies of life, the most important thing we can ever do is to take God at His word. With Paul we can proclaim, “I can do all things through Christ!”
Prayer: Lord, may we seek strength from You, to meet and overcome every challenge we face. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.



Years ago, after being introduced to the students in a small college in South Carolina, the guest speaker stood quietly for a moment.

She then began her remarks by saying, “I was born to a mother who was deaf and could not speak. I do not know who my father is or where he may be. The first job I ever had was in a cotton field.”

Smiling, she continued and said, “I stand before you today as the Treasurer of the United States. My name is Azie Taylor Moore. Nothing has to remain the way it is, if that’s not the way you want it to be.”

Paul said that “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength that I need.” Does that mean we can become the Treasurer of the United States? The chief executive officer of a large corporation? The driver of an eighteen wheeler? The crossing guard for an elementary school? Perhaps.

The power that is ours through Christ is available to meet every challenge in life as long as we are doing His will. His strength will prevail in us, for us and through us whenever we do what He has called us to do. But we must be willing and committed to fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. It is inappropriate for us to expect God to empower us to be or do anything that is not in keeping with His will.

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be faithful to You in everything we do, and to always seek Your will for our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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