When we look in the Bible, we see that Paul went through many trials. He had been shipwrecked, spent the night on an open sea, and gone days without food. He was falsely accused, beaten with rods, and thrown into prison. If anyone had a right to be negative, bitter or complain, it would have been Paul. He had been through and seen a lot. Amazingly though, his faith for God never seemed to waiver.
Paul’s attitude was, “I can handle it. I am ready for and equal to it. Why? Because Almighty God, the Creator of the universe has infused me with strength. He has equipped me, empowered me, anointed me, crowned me with favor, put royal blood in my veins, and called me to reign in life as a king.”
Paul wrote many books found in the New Testament, including Philippians. This was a book that he wrote specifically to the church found in Philippi. In chapter 4 of the Book of Philippians, Paul writes these amazing two verses:
Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
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 all this through him who gives me strength.
We can do all things since we have God within us in the form of the Holy Spirit. We are all set up for greatness. All we have to do is be willing to take it and that means doing it through God. We won’t get very far by ourselves, but through God, who gives us strength, there are no real imitations to what we are capable of.
When we face difficult times in our lives, like Paul did, it is important that we talk to ourselves right away. If we don’t talk to ourselves, our thoughts will talk to us. We can’t let those negative, self-defeating thought play in our minds or we might be tempted to believe them. Instead, declare that you are more than a conqueror, and you will boldly embrace the life of victory God has in store for you.