I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 [NIV]
These words basically sum up everything I believe, about Christ and about myself.
When I was in college, I bought two coffee mugs for post-dinner study sessions in the sorority house dining room. One featured Garfield the Cat and the other featured this verse from Philippians. This verse has always been the first that comes to mind whenever I’ve needed endurance or a boost of confidence, whether for a voluntary undertaking or a circumstance not of my own making.
It’s my prayer that you know that God’s strength is available to you.
His power is available to each of us, but we must surrender and call upon His name for help. Simple, but not always easy to do because surrender means letting go of our comfortable human power and accepting God’s power. It’s a walk of faith.
The strength of faith doesn’t come from taking the easy road. Just like in physical training, when muscles are strengthened when they are challenged, then allowed to rest, our faith in God grows stronger when we dwell in the vine that is Christ and rely on the power of the Spirit to carry us through every circumstance.
The empowerment that we receive is not in the form of physical strength, mental strength, positions of power, money or earthly resources. The word of the Lord to Zerubbael were these:
“You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord All-Powerful. Zechariah 4:6 (NCV).
We, too, succeed by the power of the Spirit which lives in us when we surrender to God through Christ.
At a young age, I understood that God had given me certain talents and that He expected me to multiply those talents and use them for something bigger than I could understand or imagine. He empowered me for this mission by allowing me to experience circumstances and situations that equipped me, showed me what I was capable of, and grew my faith in God through Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in my life.
I’m a fallible human and I can sometimes grow weary and sometimes grow too self-reliant. I’ve never been one to ask permission of anyone except God–and sometimes I can run off ahead of Him, too. But He always uses my haste in a way to teach me, in love rather than judgment, and in a way that allows me to keep growing in Him and for the unique design He has for my life.
Unshakeable faith has been necessary in taking the road less traveled, and I would not trade a single moment of it. I’m beyond grateful for the myriad ways that God reveals something of Himself to me each day.
God has a unique plan and design for YOUR life, too, and He is more than able to equip and empower you for whatever He created you to do.
Surrender, act in faith, and allow God to work in and through you through the power of His Spirit, which he makes available to each and every person who believes and accepts Christ as his savior.
“God is within her, she will not fail; God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46:5
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Sheree Martin is a lawyer, entrepreneur and digital media consultant. She’s on a mission to help others Discover, Grow and Shine. Sheree is mom to multiple furry creatures and aunt to three awesome young adults. She loves spending time outdoors, especially at Shine Springs Farm, doing anything fitness related, and cooking real food for friends and family. Click her to read Sheree’s Breath on Paper bio.