This entry is part 16 of 35 in the series Devotionals
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” The Spirit of God will always empower us to carry out the work in our lives that God has called us to do. This power is available to any person who willingly submits to God and is obedient to His Word. Christians often misinterpret Philippians 4:13, however, to mean, that we can do “anything” or “whatever” we set our minds to do. 

2 Timothy 2:3 says, “Therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Hard times are going to come! Every believer is called to endure hardness as a good soldier, however. The Spirit of God will open our minds to understand the Scriptures. We are going to face difficult times and challenges in this life. In Philippians 4:12, Paul said, “In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing.” Whatever we are faced with in life, God wants us to be content and trust Him. 

Contentment is an attitude. Just as Paul did, we have to “learn” contentment. God will elevate our heart and mind to a state of contentment when our focus is on Jesus Christ. Being content doesn’t mean that you don’t pray to God to change your situation. Being contented means that you are satisfied with what you have until God decides to change it. Jesus Christ, however, is always the Focus.

Contentment has to do with what’s going on inside of us internally, not what’s going on around us. God wants us to be grateful to Him for what He has blessed us with. He does not want us to concentrate on the things we don’t have.

Countless numbers of believers have been deceived with a “false interpretation” of Philippians 4:13. For instance, this scripture does not pertain to having financial abundance or prosperity. Many born-again, Spirit-filled believers have been deceived into thinking, that God will bless them, financially and in abundance, if they “give” financially in abundance. Someone is being deceived. Philippians 4:13 encourages us that we can “endure” any circumstance we may find ourselves in because we will be content. 

Every believer will be faced with challenge after challenge in this life and one difficulty after another. The Spirit of God, however, will empower us to endure and be victorious in every one of them. When we stop looking for the “earthly abundance,” only then we will find contentment. 

Yes, our Father in Heaven CAN do anything He wants to do and He IS all powerful There is not one believer, however, who can do anything and everything they desire to do. IT’S JUST NOT POSSIBLE. What is possible, however, is that we can always be thankful that God is our Father and we can always be content. 

When times are rough in your life, ask God what is He showing you through the difficulty that you’re in. Begin to trust God and obey His Word. Start focusing on Christ and set your affections on things above. As you begin to change your attitude to one of contentment, God will surely bring you through.​
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