Who Does Your Strength Come From?

Philippians 4: 13

I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.

Below are the Greek meanings of the key words in the verse above:

can do – to have or exercise force, literally or figuratively

all things – all, any, every, the whole

through – primary preposition denoting a fixed position in place, time or state; implies instrumentality; a relation of rest

strengtheneth – to empower, enable, increase in strength, to make strong


I have probably read this verse thousands of times during my life, but when I studied the Greek meaning of these words I realized that whatever God tells me to do He will give me the power, wisdom and knowledge, plus He will give me an abundance of strength to walk in victory to carry it out.

The hard part about all this is that even though God has promised this strength, I still have to claim it and walk in it supernaturally on a daily basis.

The word “supernatural” means that you still work hard and probably will have the same amount of work to accomplish, but somehow when God is in control you are able to get everything accomplished without being totally overwhelmed and experiencing burn-out from frustration and exhaustion.

God opened two doors for me at one point and I was absolutely sure that I needed to walk through them both and step out on faith. These two doors represented different jobs that I was to do each day. They were both jobs that were intense and time-consuming, but it felt awesome to go to sleep at night knowing that I was in the center of God’s Will because I had been obedient to what He told me to do.

I started well, and things were great as long as I had no other outside interruptions (something tearing up, someone needing help, anything that might happen unexpectedly) to take up my time. But life is definitely full of interruptions, and soon they seemed to be taking over and started to rob me of my productiveness.

The more this happened, the more I started to panic about not being able to get everything done. Then I started to try harder and harder, but got less and less accomplished. All this time I was crying out to God that I just could not do everything He had called me to do.

One day I was begging Him to help me just as I had done for the previous two months. I was telling Him that there was absolutely no way I could do both of these jobs. I felt like an utter and complete failure even though I was trying hard to be a success.

He brought Philippians 4:13 to mind and told me that I was trying to do everything in my own power instead of depending on and walking in His Strength each day. He said the only way I would be able to accomplish everything was to let Him strengthen me in a supernatural way.  I didn’t hear these words audibly, but I heard them in my mind and spirit in an overwhelming way.

This revelation made a huge difference in my life that I have never forgotten.

God is supernatural in every way. He would have to be to create the world and everything in it by saying the Word and watching it happen. He works on a completely different level than you or I and if we are to accomplish what He desires, we must do it His Way.

In order to do the work of a supernatural God, you must let Him use you in a supernatural way.

I should have never tried to accomplish God’s plans with my own power, and I definitely found out it isn’t possible. I hope I will be much smarter the next time.

Why don’t you give God complete control and see how much more you can accomplish when you do the work totally in His Power?

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About Cathy Deaton


My name is Cathy Deaton, Owner of Fan the Flame Ministries. God has radically changed my life, and He has shown me that I am to share the awesome things I am learning with the Millennial Generation (1981 – 1996.) I have found that the Holy Spirit is an awesome teacher when I listen to, obey, and apply what He teaches to my life. You truly can make a difference for God in an uncertain world.HVCL-Logo-Web-Header-web