"I can do all things" leaves no room for Yahweh or His son.
Do you want that perfect job? Like to win that big game? Make more money? Start you own business? No problem. You can do “all things through Christ.”
Ancient Phillippi, St. Paul's prison (Acts 16:19-40)
I have seen Philippians 4:13 used in that way on so many Face book posts and it couldn't be further from its true meaning. Philippians is one of the "prison epistles," (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon ) meaning it was written during one of the many times Paul was a jailbird and under house arrest between AD 60-62 in Rome.
So it isn't surprising that the book is full of on the ideas of humility and self-sacrifice. When you imagine Paul penning this letter in a dark damp cold first-century prison cell were Paul speaks of a "thorn in the flesh" in 2 Corinthians 12:7. He calls it "a messenger of Satan" that had a purpose of "torment" you will begin to feel uncomfortable about the way people misquote Phil 4:13 by taking it out of context.
The true message of Paul.
If we go back just on verse the meaning gets clear Phil 4:12 (NIV) I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Paul isn't telling Christians that they should dream bigger dreams; he is reminding them that they can endure the crushing feeling of defeat if those dreams do not happen. He's not encouraging Christians to go out and conquer the world; he's reminding them that they can press on when the world conquers them.
I know how to live on almost nothing.
Please remember life will have ups and downs and they have nothing to do with negative or positive believing IT IS SIMPLY LIFE. Yes the car insurance is due at the worst time and the washing machine breaks at the worst time THAT'S LIFE.. The Apostle Paul again said it this way in Philippians 4:12-13.. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.
PLEASE PLEASE do not think that it is all about YOU and what YOU want and how YOU can possibly pull a fast one on The Creator or twist His arm BY YOUR BELIEVING ALONE. REMEMBER THERE IS NO YOU!! In doing and accepting the Fathers will...
Gimme gimme gimme.
Contrary to popular belief, the Bible does not teach "The Creator WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO DO WHATEVER YOU SET YOUR MIND ON." As a Christian it is Yahweh's (Gods) will you should be doing and NOT your own.. The doctrine becomes deadly when it becomes "YOU ARE WHAT YOU BELIEVE" and over the years has been the cause for mental breakdowns and suicides. The man who believed Christ would be behind his delusional half backed idea for a thriving business and put all the money he had and borrowed allot more, and when it went bust the shame of his negative believing caused him to end his own life.
So whenever you hear preachers say "God will give you". REMEMBER THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND EARTH is not a heavenly bellhop or divine sugar daddy or cosmic power plant to fuel your dream-quest and The Creator is not a vending machine that just gives gives gives.
The prosperity gospel teaches you can "have your best life now" and is demonic because it is teaching how to twist Gods arm to give you what you do not deserve, and in the extreme how to use verses against The Creator and steal from Him and lower Yahweh to a vending machine for the gimme gimme gimme world.
When you stand on Philippians 4:13 in a wrong way and you find failure it makes Yeshua and His Father Yahweh look bad and fake and you are not only putting shame on yourself but you are also making The Creator and His son look bad and that can have a very bad effect on your walk and relationship with Him and you might even badly effect some other persons relationship with Yahweh as they look up to you and see that you failed. We must never forget that we need to seek His righteousness FIRST and THEN all these things will be given to you.
WHAT IS RIGHTEOUSNESS = Your ability to stand in the presence of Yahweh without feeling any sense of guilt or shame.
RIGHTEOUSNESS is how we “buy or earn” answers to prayer.
RIGHTEOU$NE$$ = THE CURRENCY OF YAHWEH!
We tend to forget Matthew 6:33.
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