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::Devotional:: ‘All Things Through Christ’

August 23, 2010

As the football team files out of the locker room, headed to the field on a Friday night, each player slaps a sign above the door that says, “All things through Christ.”  Most of them are looking for that sign to help them put points on the board and return with a victory for the night.  However, maybe the more appropriate application would be slapping the sign on the way back in from the locker room after being defeated.

When Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”, he was talking about the strength the Lord provided for him to be content in any condition of life.

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. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:12-13

When the team comes in from field defeated, discouraged, downtrodden, and broken hearted – that’s when they need to be strengthened.  That’s when they need to be reminded that through Christ they can receive the strength to overcome and to be content.

Maybe you’ve never strapped on a pair of shoulder pads and helmet, or even played on an organized sports team but you and I aren’t much different from those players.  We face seasons of defeat, discouragement, and broken heartedness all throughout life.  There are times where it seems like we have it all and there are times where it seems like we’ve lost it all.  Remember though, the Lord is constant and we can find strength in him.  We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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