I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 In the several years following the diving accident that left her a quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada struggled with every imaginable emotion. She was helpless, but came to discover that God was not. The more she accepted her weakness and limitations, the greater her realization of God’s strength in her. She has written, “Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.”
When Paul wrote the often quoted words found in Philippians 4:13, he was in prison. “I can do all things through Christ” is not a magic formula. It is not a promise that we can do anything we want. Rather, it is a promise that we can do anything God wants. Paul was confident God was orchestrating His life and was with him even in prison. He knew that what God expected of him—faith, endurance, perseverance, boldness—he would be able to accomplish, not through his strength, but through the strength of the One who lived in Him (Galatians 2:20).
If God is asking something of you today for which you feel inadequate, it’s okay to agree that you are! Confessing your weakness is the first step toward allowing Christ to manifest His strength in you.
Real true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.
D. L. Moody