This verse is quoted frequently. It is a great one for positive thinking, prosperity and self-help speakers. It is a verse in the Bible. Rarely have I heard it quoted correctly. Remember what is important to understand a verse: Conext, context, context.
On the surface this looks like a verse that promises us success. “Of course it does. I can read,” You say. Okay so read. Read the two verses before this one:
(Philippians 4:11 KJV) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
(Philippians 4:12 KJV) I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.Paul was not saying he could always come out on top he was saying that he can live in victory no matter what situation the Lord puts him in.
You will not always get the promotion, but you can live in victory without it. You will not always get the girl, but you can live in victory without her. No matter what the extreme, you can live in victory.
I am sorry if that is not what you wanted to hear, but it is the truth.