I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
We all need strength. Whether conscious or unconscious of it, we are all weak. Our very strength is weakness. We may trust it and be deceived by it. This is a defect we cannot supply. The exertion of weakness can not produce strength. We must look out of ourselves; and to save us from a vain search God sets Christ before us as our strength and strengthener.
I. HOW CHRIST STRENGTHENS US.
1. Not by miracle or magic; not by acting upon us without our knowledge or against our will, but through our own intelligent and active powers.
2. By instructing us in the knowledge of our weakness and His own strength.
3. By His example, showing us how to do all that He requires in His own life.
4. By supplying us with the great motive power — His constraining love.
5. By working faith in us, which brings us into vital union with Him who is the source of strength.
II. FOR WHAT HE STRENGTHENS US.
1. To fulfil the law as a rule of duty.
2. To resist temptation.
3. To suffer and endure.
(J. A. Alexander, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.