God says

Published January 24, 2013

Philippians 4:13

New King James Version (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

“God says you can do all things.”

This scripture can either exhilarate or frustrate Christians. To help better explain what I mean, I have also included the Amplified Bible version. Footnote (b.) is particularly helpful in understanding Paul’s famous quote.

Philippians 4:13

Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].


  1. Philippians 4:13 Marvin Vincent, Word      Studies.
  2. Philippians 4:13 Note that in Phil.      4:11, the Greek autarkas, translated “content,” is literally      “self-sufficient.”

Paul was about to give thanks to the Philippians for their concern for him. He also wanted to thank them for past help and supplies given to him (verses 11-12). In this context, from Paul’s letter to the church in Phillipi, you will discover the source of his strength in verse thirteen that led him to boldly state he could all things.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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.

The NIV study note for verse thirteen teaches:

him who gives me strength. Christ. Our union or relationship with Christ is the secret of being content( verse twelve) and is the source of Paul’s abiding strength (see Co. 12: 9-10).Paul’s contentment meant was that he was self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.

Christians who have an understanding of our self-sufficiency in Christ are exhilarated. They have an understanding our strength to do all things, is in Christ, who empowers and infuses an inner strength with in us.

Christians often become frustrated with this scripture because they do not yet have an understanding of Paul’s meaning. When an attempt is made to do all things in their own strength and they fail, frustration, anger, and depression often set in. Reliance on their sufficiency is not adequate.

I must admit, when I try to do all things, I have failed to remember where my strength comes from. I am weak and often fail. But as unpleasant as the failures may be, I thank God for them, because I am then reminded of who it is, Christ, that strengthens and enables me.

God says you can do all things.”

Start or renew your union, your relationship, with Jesus today. He will give you the strength.

May you do all things in His strength!


Rev. David Larsen – (Chaplain Compassion Nevada)

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