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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me by Kristen Arnold


The youth theme for the year is: Philippians 4:13 which says, “I

can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” We hear this and it sounds wonderful. But how does it work? When life gets hard or challenging, it can be confusing and difficult to know how this happens. Today I’m talking about how the Savior

helps us in all our things. How does he strengthen us when we

feel fear?


The scriptures provide us with a formula or pattern for how this

can happen in our lives. In first Nephi, we learn that, after a

prophetic dream, Lehi announced to his family that they were

packing their must-haves, leaving their valuables, their home

and their lives in Jerusalem to flee in to the wilderness for a

what seems like family camping adventure, never to return.

Nephi, one of Lehi’s sons, shows us a pattern of how to be

strengthened through Christ during this time of uncertainty and

hardship.


1. I’m sure upon hearing news, he reacted the same way we

all would. He was probably shocked and upset that his life

was about to be out of his control. Change was happening

and it was against his will. With faith, he decided to “fear

not” by moving to step 2:


2. He prayed. He took the time to talk to God about what was

happening in his life, discussing his concerns and asking

questions about what to do next. After this prayer, he tells

us that God softened his heart and he believed all the things

his father said. Once he received this answer, he moved to

step 3.


3. move forward. He supported his dad by not resisting the

challenge and instead prayerfully participated in whatever

was necessary. As his journey unfolds with many miracles

and hardships, he moves to step 4.


4. Fourth, he continually remembers Christ’s and Heavenly

Father’s ability to help others. He watched for miracles that

proved that God was with them every step, supporting them

and watching over them. Nephi frequently referenced the

help Moses received while leading the Israelites out of

captivity, discussing with his struggling family members

the miracles evident during the hardest times of their lives.

This pattern is the same one we can use to be aware of how

Christ can help us face our fears and feel strengthened by him.

Let’s break down the steps.


1. FEAR NOT

Life is full of moments where fear can creep in.

Loneliness, overwhelm and helplessness, among other

unpleasant emotions, are powerful feelings. The Lord has

addressed us in the scriptures specifically about “fear not”.

John 14:1, 27 - Let not your heart be  a troubled : ye believe in

God, believe also in me.


27  Peace  I leave with you, my peace  I give unto you: not

as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart

be  troubled , neither let it be afraid.


Isaiah 41:10 - Fear  thou not; for I am with thee: be not

dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I

will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of

my righteousness.


Sometimes a breakdown can occur right here at step one.

Sometimes, we may fall prey to the misbelief that we are

not worthy or good enough to be included in the group

being addressed here. Or that our fear isn’t worth bringing

to God for his help.


I’m going to add a clause to this scripture I mentioned at

the beginning of my talk. “I can do all things through Christ

which strengtheneth me - because He loves me.”

Understanding that our Savior’s love for each of his

brothers and sisters includes you and me. It is

unconditional and constant.


Romans 8:38, 39

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor

angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,

nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be

able to  a separate  us from the  b love  of God, which is in

Christ Jesus our Lord.


Just a reminder that this scripture was written by the apostle

Paul, who at one time worked to end the spread of the Gospel of

Jesus Christ until his conversion. He learned that God loved him

unconditionally and then taught it himself as scripture. So, God

loves us. Our Savior Jesus Christ loves us. We can’t escape it.

They are always there. They show themselves to us reminding

us that they are there in miracles and blessings every day.

Especially when fear kicks in. We are never alone in our trials.

President Nelson said, “The Savior is never closer to you than

when you are facing or climbing a mountain with faith.” –

adding the clause – BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.


With all of this knowledge, we still can get caught up in a

mental trap of Satan’s plan. He would like us to live in fear, and

he’d have us believe we need to qualify for the love of God.

That we need to meet a certain spiritual requirement for Jesus to

love us. That his love is conditional and that we just don’t

measure up. This is a false belief. Jesus taught the truth of his

love for us in a parable of the Prodigal’s Son. In the parable, a

father – representing our own Father in Heaven – is saddened by

the self-destructive choices of one of his sons. The son takes his

inheritance, leaves town and engages in riotous living until he

loses everything. While the son is away, the father does not shun

him or disown him. He WAITS for him. And in the day the son

chooses to look to him for love, forgiveness and help, the father

RUNS to him with open arms, and celebrates his return showing

him love, support and welcoming grace. This is how our Father

in Heaven feels about us. So he asks us not to fear and not to be

dismayed or lose our courage. Because he is with us always to

strengthen us, help us and uphold us during this life.


2. PRAY

Another translation for Jesus is Jehovah – which can also be

translated to “I’ll be what tomorrow demands.” – learned on a

podcast


Psalm 34:19 - Many are the  a afflictions of the righteous: but

the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Our Savior wants us to have faith in Him and ask Him for

help. He wants to hear our questions and concerns. He

took upon himself every pain. Why? That he may know

how to succor his people.


President Oaks discussed how, “He knows our struggles

and heartaches to give us the strength to bear it all.”

When we humble ourselves and ask for help, we will get

what we need. Sometimes it is a miracle that’s undeniably

from God. The burden is lifted and we are spared from

suffering.


Other times God helps us fight our fears WITH us by

offering strength, comfort, peace of mind, and courage to

endure the pains or obstacles of the mountain we must