We would like to thank you so much for taking the time to read this week's blog post. I believe it will be life changing for those who read it. While praying about what I should write today I felt deeply impressed to write these words, inspired by God, specific to you and your personal life. Of course I don’t know everything that is going on in your personal life but I do pray that these words today will impact your spiritual life in a manner that will flow into your personal life. God knows and so deeply CARES about what goes on in your life. So although I may not know everything, GOD DOES and that’s all that matters. After reading this today you may consider forwarding this email to a friend or loved one or sharing with your social media influence, or anyone you feel may need encouragement. This is going to help people get set free, today.
For the next seven days, I want you to focus on saying these two words, out loud, as often as possible. I want you to say, “I CAN”. Too many times in life we have heard the words “You Can’t”. You can’t be a good student. You can’t be a good parent. You can’t succeed. You can’t make it in life. You can’t achieve success in your business. You can’t be a good athlete. BUT today I want you to say again out loud, “I CAN”! Go ahead say it again! Your words have the POWER to create your reality. I am not talking about affirmation that feeds your emotional state of being temporarily, as much as I am encouraging you to speak the words that God has already spoken through His Word (The Bible). When we value and honor His Word over humanities opinions, our lives begin to change and you move from saying I can’t to I CAN!
There is a famous scripture reference that we have heard in many times as the Church and most can quote it. It is found in Philippians 4:13 in the NLT.
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Paul who is writing this to the Church, experienced times of affliction, where he was not liked, cursed, and beaten, but yet he also experienced times of great joy, peace, and success. He witnessed many salvations through his teachings about Christ and His finished work at the cross. The second and third words Paul used were I CAN. He didn’t say words like maybe I can or I hope I can. No, he said with assurance and confidence the words I CAN.
If Paul was to base his life through the opinions of others he would have quit. He would have given up, but Paul had a revelation of who he was, a SON of God. He was LOVED by God. He was a joint heir with Jesus. As you’re reading this right now you may find yourself in a place where you are wanting to give up. You may be tired and weary. Some may say what’s the use, my spouse will never change, my situation will never change. Remember, the words you speak have the power to create your reality. I encourage you to speak the the word of God over your life, versus speaking what you may see as negatives. There was a confidence and boldness in Paul that didn't come through just a confession of positive words but rather through a revelation of who he was IN CHRIST JESUS! In the previous scriptures we see Paul saying these words to the Church:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Right before Paul says, “I CAN do ALL things THROUGH Christ who gives me strength” in verse 13, he says in verse 7, “That HIS peace (God’s Peace) will guard your hearts and minds as you LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS”. We see here that he is speaking of a relationship with Christ, not religion, not a denomination. It is a relationship with Christ that causes us to have perfect peace and strength in our own lives. Jesus died and rose again, so that in this life although challenging as it is, you can find peace in your relationship with Him, and praying about everything. We can see that a relationship with Christ and following Christ has benefits. It moves us from saying I can’t to I CAN. Some people may say, well I prayed and nothing happened. It’s ok, keep praying about it. Then thank God for all He has done and is doing for you. Take a moment to think back on your life to some of the things you can say, if it wasn’t for God in that moment (saving me or helping me) I wouldn’t have made it. You are still here today, and you have breath in your lungs. As long as you have a pulse you have the opportunity, to move from I can’t to I CAN. I can be a success in life, in Christ Jesus. I can be an overcomer, in Christ Jesus. I can be physically healed, in Christ Jesus. My emotions can be healed, in Christ Jesus. I can be debt free, in Christ Jesus. I can have a brighter future than the darkest days of my past in Christ Jesus. I can be and have been forgiven, in Christ Jesus. Say it again, I CAN!
When we fully understand the revelation that we are LOVED, we are ACCEPTED, and we are VALUED, not because of what we can do but rather through what HE (God) has already done for us. This is when we can stand up, look at adversity in the eyes and say “I CAN do all things through Christ Jesus in me”. There are some things in life you may not be able to do, like play professional basketball, build a home structurally, or work on computers. I recognize in life there are some things I can’t do, but when Paul said this he wasn’t speaking to the Church regarding the natural things, but rather spiritual things. He was saying that no matter what comes I CAN do ALL things through Christ.
Today I want you to say this prayer, out loud, right where you are.
Father, in Jesus name, I thank you I have the ability as your child to forget what has been and focus on what is ahead that you have for me. I decree and declare I CAN be everything you created me to be. I can be a witness for you. I can and will have a brighter future because of you. I can speak life over dreams that you have given to me that have died and they will live again. I can be a success in my business. I can be a better spouse. I can do all things through you because it is you who gives me strength. I can forgive because you first forgave me. Father, in Jesus name, I thank you for setting me free right now from a mindset that says I can’t, and bringing me to a new mindset that says I can. I receive your love, acceptance, forgiveness, and grace today, in Jesus name, amen.
As a ministry it is our desire to build faith and this writing today is meant to build your faith to trust God in a deeper and more meaningful way. That way you can say with assurance, just as Paul did, “Through Christ I CAN”.
Jeannie and I would love for you to share this blog with anyone you know who may need to be encouraged that no matter what they are going through, with Christ they can overcome.