Jesse M. Hendley
Now if you have your Bibles, will you turn with me,
please, to Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things,"
says Paul, "though Christ which strengtheneth me."
This is an amazing statement and I want to speak to
you a moment now on GOD'S RESOURCES FOR THE
CHRISTIAN LIFE Paul is in prison, you know. He
writes this letter to the Philippians and tells them
of God taking care of him. And he says in verse 11,
"Not that I speak in respect of WANT, for I have
learned something: I have learned to be CONTENT! I
have learned to be content in any state that I am
in, that is, in any condition. I have learned to
have victory over any condition of my life."
You say, "Surely Paul is talking about the days when
he was 'riding the clouds'." No. "When the sun was
shining." No. Notice verse 12: "I know (he LEARNED
this) both how to be abased, and I know how to
abound. Everywhere and in all things I am instructed
both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and
to suffer need."
Notice the contrasts! Paul said, "I have learned to
be CONTENT when I am abased, when I am brought low,
and when the dark clouds come. And I know how to be
content when I am high and abound and everything's
glorious and the sun is shining! I am CONTENT."
Then, he says, "I have learned to be content when I
am full, have just had a good meal and am perfectly
satisfied physically." And, he said, "I know how to
be hungry. I know how to be content when the pains
of hunger are gnawing at my body. Even when I'm
hungry, I've learned how to be content."
My, what a man! These are GOD'S RESOURCES. This
isn't human. Paul was a human being all right, but
he was fully surrendered to God, the way a Christian
ought to be. Paul is an example or pattern to us who
Then he said, "I know both how to abound and to
suffer need. I know when all my needs are supplied,
and I know when I hav ...
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