Yes I Can - Part 1
YES I CAN, BECAUSE…
We are usually trapped, either by our words, or we are tripped up by those of others into thinking we can’t do something. In reality, we are capable of more than we believe. What kills belief is ‘I can’t’, which rolls off the tongue effortlessly. ‘I can’ requires a lot of effort.
The ‘I can’t’ of life typically stem from: the fear of failure or of the unknown; laziness; or being polite, which sounds nicer than, ‘I won’t’ or ‘I don’t want to’.
The truth is you can, especially when God is factored in. Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:13, we can do all things through Christ. So we choose to believe in God, or we are convinced into thinking it can’t be done. Now certainly, there are things I’ll never be able to do, regardless of my faith. But for all things spiritual, which God commands of us (for our good, not his) they can be accomplished.
…IT’S NOT THAT HARD.
“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you…” —Deuteronomy 30:11a
Would a wise father ask his children to do something they were not ABLE to do, and then punish them for not doing it? That would be abusive. Why then do people think God, who is the perfect Father, would ask them to do what could not be done? God is wise and would only command us to do what is possible for us to do. The impossible is what He does, not what He expects of us.
…AND IT’S NOT TOO FAR.
“…Or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven… Nor is it beyond the sea… No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so that you may obey it.” —Deuteronomy 30:15
If something is within reach then you can have it - but only if you want it. So, to follow God is doable. It is not over our heads (up in Heaven), nor is it out of bounds (beyond the sea). God is near us, having revealed Himself: by His Ways (the law); in His Word (the bible) and through His teachers (the church). God is available now and Jesus granted us access - if we want to know Him. We must confess (mouth) and believe (heart).
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” —Deuteronomy 30:15