Words from the Heart for Saturday July 2nd, 2016
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
I Can Do Everything
What situations do you find yourself in? Do you have little? Do you have much? Have you learned the secret of contentment? God gives grace to live in a contented way. If your heart is restless, ask Him for help to be content with what you have. He won’t leave you or forsake you!
Each year Canadian Business compiles a ranking of Canada’s Best Jobs—the occupations showing the highest growth and highest salary. Using public data from Statistics Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada, they score each field on how fast salaries are rising and how much hiring momentum it has. In 2015 number one on the list of best jobs in Canada was a mining and forestry manager. Also known as primary production manager they make Canada’s resource economy run. They lead production facilities like oil wells, mines and fisheries, and are responsible for a wide variety of duties, from ensuring production targets are met to quality control to health and safety. They need both technical knowledge to operate complicated equipment and soft skills necessary to manage people in what can be unforgiving or even dangerous locales.
What empowers you to live your life? Self-help books give all sorts of advice on how to live life with purpose. Information about physical health, happiness, forgiveness, and a myriad of other topics is available online and in bookstores everywhere. They can be helpful, and people buy them regularly. But Paul the apostle gives us some better advice in Philippians 4:13. He writes “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Paul has not always had an easy time in serving the Lord. Before Jesus got ahold of his life, Paul had been an important person. He had the right family, the right education, the right connections politically. He was a Roman citizen, which opened up many doors for him. His life should have been one of ease. But Jesus grabbed his heart and life and the result was arrest, persecution, travel and storms. He often needed to depend upon the largesse of fellow believers. And through it all he learned the secret of victorious Christian living. Jesus provided for him everything that he needed for the tasks that were his and the situation that he faced. This is a truth that we need to learn today. Too often we try to serve the Lord in our own strength and we quickly find that we run out of the energy, spiritual and physical. Instead, allow Jesus to do His work through you. If you belong to Him, He is in you. You can do all things through Him.
These have been words from the heart.