I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me. Philippians 4:13

The Holy Spirit is the soul of the church. On the day of Pentecost, the apostles and believers were gathered in one place in Jerusalem. The Holy Spirit came, touched and filled giving all of them power and strength to give birth to the church. The Spirit guided and strengthen the church and its leaders throughout the whole world, sharing the Good News and making disciples for Christ ever since.

Strength is not the same as being strong. A person who is strong might not have the strength to endure pain or suffering whereas a weak person can endure such by the grace of God. His strength is from God for Paul who was not strong said he could do all things through Christ who gave him strength. To have strength is to have joy in the Lord, for it is said; the joy of the Lord is my strength.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians was written while the apostle was in prison. Yet, this letter breathed a joy and confidence that could be explained only by Paul’s deep faith in Jesus Christ. In this letter, he stressed very much on joy as to be joyful in living a life in union with the Lord. He urged all believers to keep on imitating him just as he imitated Christ. Forgetting what was behind and did his best to reach what is ahead. Running straight towards the goal in order to win the prize, which was God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above. Rejoice was the strength for Paul in running this race towards the heavenly, and no turning back.

God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.