Doing it all…

Philippians 4:13 “For I can do ALL THINGS through Christ, who gives me strength”

Some days we think we’ve conquered the world only to discover that there’s still a long “to do” list left. It has taken every ounce of strength to get this far so the rest will have to wait for another time. Everyone experiences days like these.

Today’s verse reminds us how to achieve victory every day. You and I can do somethings & many things in our own strength but we can’t do ALL THINGS. If we want to achieve our full potential we need help. We must obtain it through Christ. He gives us the strength and ability to do ALL THINGS, even the seemingly impossible!

So, how do we access Christ’s strength to do ALL THINGS just like the Apostle Paul? It’s simple, we ensure that Jesus is the central focus of our life. We place Him above and before everything else. We honour Him first in every arena of life – private, public and personal. Jesus gets the best of our time, our resource and our relationships. We vigilantly keep every arena of our lives focused on Jesus.

As we do this the gates of blessing from heaven open and Christ’s strength floods our life. So, this week, re-arrange your life to honour Jesus even more. It takes many simple decisions throughout the day to achieve this and then the promise of Philippians 4:13 will overtake your life and joy will become your constant companion.

Thank You So Much…

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.” (GW)

Our yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ has just passed. It has been a time of giving and receiving gifts as a way of honouring the greatest gift of all in Jesus. For most of us Christmas has been a time of joy, of gathering together and making memories.  For some it may have been a difficult time.

Notice our verse does not say God is responsible for all that happens in our world it simply instructs us to give thanks no matter what happens!  This is God’s way.

To give thanks means to “readily express gratitude, show appreciation and return kindness.” We must always be ready and willing to give thanks. Sometimes we easily direct our thanks to Jesus but God wants us to learn to also thank those who have been personally kind and generous to us. Whether others generosity has been small or great we are to do as God commands and give thanks to them as well.

Activate God’s word today and complete your Christmas celebration by giving thanks. Post a card, make a quick phone call, send email or text a great big THANK YOU to all the people who have reached out in kindness to you this year. It is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you give thanks today!