I heard a story about a child who had a difficult time doing what his parents told him to do. He would say, “I can’t.” His mom asked him to go and pray about it to see if God could help him. His prayer went like this. “God I need your help to make me do the things I should and not do the things I shouldn’t, but if You can’t help me right away it’s OK, I’m having fun the way I am right now.”
I wonder if we aren’t all a little bit like that boy. We enjoy the way we are right now.
When I was called to work for the CPD, my first thought was “I can’t.” But after two and a half years working for the CPD, I have come to the conclusion that “I can’t” either means “I don’t want to” or else people sincerely believe that they are physically, emotionally or spiritually unable to perform a task.
There is an attitude in many Christians today of doubt and unbelief, and a lack of trust and faith in God. It is an attitude from the devil and is not of God. The devil would have us to think that we are worthless, cannot do anything, and that God is a God of small things. We should have the same attitude as Paul.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Paul encourages the church at Philippi that no matter what they may be going through, that they can do all things through Christ. And God wants us to have a “Yes I can” attitude today, no matter what we’re facing. So, the question I pose to you today is: "How do we get over the ‘I can’t’ attitude?
We need to recognize that our ultimate, all in all strength, is found in God and God alone
Apart from Jesus, we really can’t do anything, but when we get filled with the ultimate power source, we can do all things according to His will and His purpose. The Holy Spirit is the ultimate strength and the source is Jesus Christ.
These words, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” apply to you and me as certainly as they did to the Apostle Paul. This is not about the power of positive thinking. This is not some kind of pull yourself up by your bootstraps slogan. It isn’t a promise that you can do anything if you dream big dreams and reach for the stars. Nonsense. The power, the secret, is not in us. The power is in Christ. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
As Jesus reminded his disciples in John 15:5 “Apart from me you can do nothing,” the Old Testament prophet declared in Zechariah 4:6 “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Therefore, God is telling us that it’s not about us! It’s all about HIM! We can be all He commands us to be because He enables us, He gives us the power.
In Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
We can’t but Christ can
Today I was thinking in all things I have done through Christ and All the Glory is to my Lord Jesus Christ Creator of Heaven and Earth.
When I started working here at the CPD there were five Hispanic Churches, two and half years later we have 12 Hispanic Churches. Praise the Lord!
Yes, we can! SI SE PUEDE! We have no excuse, brothers and sisters. We can do what God says. We don’t have to sin. We don’t have to be controlled by a habit. We can be filled with the Holy Spirit and be like Jesus. We can be fishers of men. Although we can do nothing apart from Jesus Christ, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
Therefore, whatever you need today to accomplish God’s will in your life--the Holy Spirit, faith, wisdom--ask for it and receive it by believing God’s promises in His Word.
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