• Pastor Sharon Hurkens

It's All in the "CAN"

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

We are always interested in the spoken words of those we look up to for encouragement. During those days where we are tempted to sink into states of doubt, desperation or despair, we long to hear a spoken truth.

These few words are a good summary of Paul’s life. These words should be what we base our life on.

Notice that Paul said, “I CAN.”

How often and how easy it is to say, “I can’t.” People may say that they can’t control their temper, they can’t cope with jealous thoughts, hate their job, can’t, can’t, can’t.

We should focus on what we can do through the power of God’s Spirit.

Paul states “I can do all things.” Against public opinion or endorsement of the right people and established patterns, Paul set out to do all things. We can definitely agree that the list of his accomplishments is impressive.

When we think of everything we can achieve as Christians, the list seems overwhelming; world evangelization, world missions, world hunger, world peace, local missions within our churches, within our family, … We can’t do all that!

But look at Paul’s pattern. He traveled to one place and completed one mission. Then he moved on to the next place. We may not be able to do it all, at once, but God definitely equipped us to accomplish tasks that He created us for.

Jesus, working through us, is what makes possible victorious Christian living and effective Christian ministry. Paul’s entire life and ministry were explained by Christ. It can be the only explanation for your life too, if it is lived for Christ.

Christ alone is our strength. He daily gives us power to face all obstacles.

We are sent into this world, into our families, into our neighborhoods and placed in a church to reach people and to minister with power.

It’s all in the CAN!

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