Paul is addressing the people in Philippi of Greece and is giving them thanks for their help and generosity. He tells them in Philippians 4:12 "I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little." That secret is Jesus Christ! Not some special diet or meditation or support group, it's JESUS! Dependence on Jesus! This comes to much surprise to modern day society because we've become desensitized to today's culture and a huge dependance on modern day idols like self help, success, money, vanity or looks and not to mention independence! Most people today who are non-believers or weak Christians dont understand what Paul means here. In fact, this verse has become overly used and has lost its meaning and/or translation throughout the years. Make no mistake, God's Word never gets old, never becomes obsolete or irrelevant. Our sinful nature is always at work to glorify its own selfish desires. Thats why most people will not accept Christ, they dont want to let go of what they think they have or believe to have created. This a temporary false sense of security. Read what God says about His Holy Word...(Remember that this was written by the Holy Spirit through man...2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Deuteronomy 28:58-59 “If you refuse to obey all the words of instruction that are written in this book, and if you do not fear the glorious and awesome name of the Lord your God, then the Lord will overwhelm you and your children with indescribable plagues. These plagues will be intense and without relief, making you miserable and unbearably sick.
James 1:22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
Father, we bring Praise & Honor to your name! We thank you for your Holy Word and promise of salvation through your son Jesus Christ in whom we place our Faith & Trust! Help us when we doubt with your wisdom, shield us when we are afflicted with temptations with faith in Christ, help us to discern the lies with your written truth! Blessed be your name forever! In Jesus' name we pray, AMEN!