Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Yes, You Can!

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

In the course of my ministry, I’ve counseled scores of people who think God has called them to do something, but they are so intent on their perceived inability that they keep saying, “I can’t.” Most don’t like to hear my response because usually I tell them, “Can’t you see this is a form of rebellion?” That’s how I see it anyway. It’s saying God isn’t big enough or powerful enough to help you accomplish what He wants to do through you. Or worse, that what He wants you to do depends on your own strength or natural skills. 

That response is just like the one Moses offered when God called him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. He complained that God had selected the wrong person for the job. “What if…” was his concern. Then, he cranked out the biggie, “I’m not a good speaker” [see Exodus 3-4]. 

God’s response was huge, and highlights the fact that not only was He more than able to equip His chosen leader, but also He would accomplish His purposes with or without Moses.

Have you heard the old saying, “Where God guides, God provides?” It’s true! It’s a promise. He will enable you to do, and live within, His will. When we trust Him and keep moving forward in obedience, He not only shows the way, but also energizes us to keep on keeping on. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “God is working in you…” [Philippians 2.13]. That means you have nothing to fear. It means you neither work alone nor depend solely on your own strength. God is working in you to accomplish His will. Yes, you can because our gracious Father equips His children to do whatever He asks of them.

When God calls, first say, “Yes.” Then, stay in obedience to His will. Whatever it is that God wants you to say or do, it will strengthen your faith and further the process of conforming you to the image of His Son, our Savior, Jesus!  

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2.13

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