I Can


We have a tendency to get less done for Christ than he wants us to do.  The reason that we don’t get more done is that:

We talk ourselves out of itI can – Paul said, I can and we say, “I can’t.”  When an opportunity or a need arises, we might be willing at first, but then our minds start thinking of the excuses that we need to give when we don’t get it done.  You might not get it done, but it won’t be because you couldn’t but because you wouldn’t.

We don’t get goingDo – James said, “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves,” Jas 1:22.  There comes a time when you need to do more than just pray about it, or talk about it, or think about it or seek counsel about it.  You need to just get up and go do it.  Make up your mind and then act on it.

We limit our scopeall things – anything that God wants done that he wants you to do you can do.  If I say I can’t, I won’t.  If I say I can, I might.  But if I say I do, I will!!  We can finish the building, get a visitor here for an evangelistic service, open a Bible and show someone how to be saved, be in a drama, sing a special, pray effectually, pass out Bibles in my neighborhood, be faithful to attend another service, wait for the right person before I get married, go to the mission field, answer the call to preach, etc.

We don’t rely on the power within usthrough Christ – inside of every Christian is the Lord Jesus Christ, who said “greater works than these shall he do,” Jn 14:12.  Jesus rose from the dead and the power of his resurrection resides within us [Phil 3:10].  Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth,” Matt 28:18.  So, how much more power do you need?  A friend said that the reason some of his workers are no longer doing their work is that they were gifted but not godly!

We try to do it ourselveswhich strengtheneth me – we look at our own resources or think with our own understanding and say, “there is no way.”  But the Lord said, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Prov 3:5-6.  We are base, foolish, and weak, but he is strong.  David, who killed Goliath, said, “I will go in the strength of the Lord God,” Ps 71:16.

Conclusion:  Whatever the Lord has been wanting you to do that you have failed to accomplish or have talked yourself out of doing, you just need to get going on and do because he said you can get it done through Christ.