SO, YOU WANT TO DO "ALL THINGS"?
That we might have joy (1 John 1:4):
This 1 John 1:4 verse is the only use of the word “joy” in John’s Epistles. However the blessing of joy is seen throughout his letter. Joy is a result of walking in a close place of fellowship or communion with our Lord. We as believers quote Philippians 4:13 often.
Philippians 4:13 ESV I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Sometimes we get the caboose before the train engine. We know that according to John in his Epistle that walking in communion or fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ brings about JOY.
We know that according to Nehemiah 8:10 that the JOY of the Lord is my STRENGTH.
Nehemiah 8:10 ESV Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
We know that fellowship brings about joy, and joy brings about strength, and according to Philippians 4:13 that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Then I can reason that the “all things” must start with fellowship or communion with our Lord. Fellowship produces joy, joy produces strength, and strength produces all things.
GOD IS OUR STRENGTH: We know that God is all-powerful and is our strength, our fortress, our stronghold, and a mighty tower.
But in what areas does He strengthen me?
1. He strengthens me for BATTLE:
Psalms 18:39 ESV For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.
2. He strengthens me in TRUST:
Psalms 28:7 ESV The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
3. He strengthens me for TROUBLE:
Psalms 46:1 ESV To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
4. He strengthens my HEART:
Psalms 73:26 ESV My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.