We All Need JesusNovember 22, 2010
I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 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. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11b-13
While in prison, Paul wrote that he had learned how to stay settled and content—that in the best circumstances and in the worst circumstances, he could do all things through Christ. God has the capability and inclination toward meeting all of your needs—even when you are in the middle of a battle. Be assured that faithful is He who calls you and He will bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Through Jesus we can do all things, but without Him we can do nothing. Looking at these two sides of the same truth will keep us from both insecurity and pride. “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6a).
Whatever your background, you need Jesus. And Jesus is available to all. Jesus’ strength is so real and deep—with it you can run the race to the end, experience answered prayer, have freedom from recurring addictions, get restored, overcome the works of darkness, stay plugged into church, and make a difference in our culture. The God who is urging you to stay connected, abide in Him, and look to Him for strength knows something about the abundance He has designed you to walk in! Expect amazing fruit to come as you abide in the Lord.
Abiding in Jesus,
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