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4/22/15 – All Christians should be wimps!

Published: Wednesday, 22 April 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

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 all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:12-13

Before you react to my association of the word “wimps” with Christians, let me explain.  “Wimps” in this situation is meant to describe the strength, knowledge, self-determination, and every other word that would describe a Christian as having something of their own that is of power or value.   In other words, to live the Christian life, Believers should possess nothing of their own.  Everything they have that is of any value or of any power or of any righteousness comes from God and Christ.  Now, let’s move on in discussing these verses.

 

These verses are frequently referenced to describe the life of a Christian.  I thought it would be beneficial to examine them in light of their true meaning to a Christian.  The first part of these verses describes what a Christian may have in this world.  In either need or in plenty, a Christian is to be content in every situation.  In other words, every Christian must reach a state of contentment with no regard as to their condition from a worldly point of view.  When a Believer reaches this state of contentment, he/she can move on to the most famous part of these verses, they can do all things through Him (Christ) who gives them strength.

This is speaking about spiritual things – not worldly things.  I think this is important, because many Christians misapply this verse to include things that involve their own abilities or inabilities.  If I paint a room in my house, I do not need to think that I need Christ to strengthen me to finish the job.  I guess I could, but it would seem an awful waste of the strength and power of Christ.  If I was planning to spiritually discipline another brother, then I, myself, should be totally weak to the point of dying to self.  I must rely totally on the strength that comes from Christ.  I cannot have any of my flesh added to the strength that Christ gives me to do something spiritually.  It is as if I would be contaminating spiritual power from Christ. 

There are two sides to the human flesh, and they are both wrong when applying this verse.  I cannot feel confident and strong, and I cannot feel weak and helpless to accomplish spiritual work.  I cannot be using my intellect nor can I be lacking in knowledge.  I hope you can see that to apply this verse correctly, you must not exist!  Your SELF should be totally removed from the incident.  There is nothing about you that should be allowed in any spiritual activity according to this verse.  Nothing! 

I think this is why we do not see more Believers doing spiritual work with the strength of Christ.  They are trying to do it themselves.  It is very hard for a human being to give everything up and have the faith that Christ will provide.  It is either ALL of Christ or NONE of Christ.  Only miraculous spiritual results will occur if you rely on Christ and Christ alone.  To Him be all the Glory, and Honor, and Praise!

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