Good Monday Morning!
I’d like to ask ‘Kilon pop?’ but only Yorubas will really get the point.
It basically means what’s popping?
Maybe I should start Yoruba classes on the blog sef. Haha. I wish.
Anyways. I’m at this awesome camp for a week. It’s a voluntary mentorship program that deals with child and teenage development. We don’t have much time with phones, but I’d like to share something God taught me last week as I studied the book of Philippians.
I think one of the most beautiful facts about the Bible is that God can show you new things every time, even if you’ve read that same verse before.
You can read a verse that means something today, and you can read it tomorrow and God will teach you an entirely different thing from the same verse.
Ok. So as I finished the book of Philippians, a verse jumped out of the page for me. It just didn’t leave my mind. And it’s one we all must have heard many times.
Philippians 4-13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
What made this verse much more beautiful though was that Paul wrote it even when he was in Prison. Imagine being in Prison and writing to friends who are free that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
What do you think your friends will think? ‘Mahn, this friend of ours has taken this Jesus walk way too deep. See him/her talking about strength in Prison.’
I shared with my friend how most people say that verse in plenty.(that is, when everything mostly is fine with them). It has become somewhat cliche to say you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. People can even be stealing and say they can do all things through Christ.
But when you read this verse again in the context that Paul wrote it, you’d be opened up to a new meaning of strength.
See what Paul says in the previous verse.
Philippians 4-12: I know how to be abased , and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry , both to abound and to suffer need.
Do you talk about strength in Christ like the world does? Or you say it with meaning like Paul. Who talked about how whether in plenty or in need, he knew he could do all things through Christ.
And indeed, we can do all things through Jesus.
We can be kind through Christ.
We can forgive through Christ.
We can apologize through Christ.
We can hope through Christ.
We can do good through Christ.
We can remain thankful through Christ.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us to do it, whether we’re in Prison hoping to be saved or whether living in much and still hoping to be saved(when we spend eternity with God).
You know the beautiful thing?
Strength doesn’t have to mean you have muscles or that you can face everything head-on.
Sometimes, strength is pain.
It pains the flesh to live each day in hope that the next will be better.
It hurts the flesh to remain in God when all others are ‘successful’ doing things out of God.
It hurts the flesh when we do the right things in order to honour God, and we look foolish to the world.
But it grooms and grows the Spirit living in us. It hurts our flesh but blesses our spirit when we decide to do all things through Christ’s strength.
I’m not saying it will be easy. I’m saying it will be worth it.
That’s it for today. I do hope that this Word blessed you as much as it blessed me.
I pray that in all things you’d remember to hold on to God’s strength, for it is not by power or by might, but by the Spirit. And I believe He will strengthen you in all areas where you need Strengthening. Amen.
Have a lovely week.