How often do we limit ourselves based on what think we can and cannot do? “I can’t” is the rally cry of the weak. Yet, Scripture says that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13, emphasis added) and that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” (Romans 8:37). So, then, why can’t we? What is it that we are being prevented from doing out of fear, which is not of God (2 Timothy 1:7), or doubt, which is a lack of faith in God?
Oswald Chambers, in his classic devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, said:
We must never measure our spiritual capacity on the basis of our eduction or our intellect; our capacity in spiritual things is measured on the basis of the promises of God….When it is a question of God’s Almighty Spirit, never say, ‘I can’t.’ Never allow the limitation of your own natural ability to enter into the matter. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be exhibited in us.”
Is there something in us that cries out, “I can’t!”? If so, it is one of two things: Either I am not submitting to the lordship of Christ in my life, or I am not a child of God at all. Either one can be devastating.