You can’t… or you won’t???
Ouch. You already know what’s coming don’t ya?
I know. This phrase stepped on my toes big time last Sunday when I heard it asked.
After many conversations over the past few months, I am learning one of the biggest downfalls we have as believers is that we haven’t scratched the surface to comprehending the magnificent power we have access to through God.
His POWER at work in us can do FAR MORE than we could ever hope or imagine.
– Ephesians 3:20
Yet we come back to this “I can’t” phrase before we even give God a chance. I can’t teach a Bible study, I can’t pray more, I can’t travel that far to minister to the lost, I can’t share the gospel with her, I can’t forgive them, I can’t give God my money, my time, my talent, etc.
But maybe if we were really honest with ourselves, we would admit, we just won’t. Because if you call yourself a Christ follower, you’ve given up the right to use the words “I can’t” when it comes to what God is calling you to do.
I love this question I heard JD Grear ask in one of his sermons series – Why in the world would we trust God with our eternity, but not with our day to day? If you are a believer you have put your faith and trust in Jesus knowing that the end all outcome is eternity in heaven with Him. That’s a big deal! You trust God with your forever, FOREVER. So why would you ever tell Him “I can’t” to anything else? Because anything else would most definitely be less than your eternity.
It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, unqualified, and fearful. But have you ever thought about how big God is and how much more He could do in your life if you just realized…
- He is the ultimate power source.
- As His child He has offered total access to His power to you.
- The more unqualified you feel you are, the more HE will receive the glory for what His power does in and through you.
You can! Through Him, you CAN! To know God is to love God, and to love God is to trust God. When you say I can’t to God, you are saying YOU can’t to God.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
– Ephesians 1:18-21
Somer Phoebus, Executive Director
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