If there is anything the devil has used through the years to destroy my ministry, it’s two simple words. “You can’t!” Oh, sure, he doesn’t speak in an audible voice. But he throws fiery darts at me left and right, and much of the time when it comes to my ministry work for the Lord, the devil sums up everything he has to say in just two words.
“You can’t!” Can’t what? He tells me I can’t do this, and I can’t do that. I’ll never make it doing what God told me to do. I’ll never accomplish what God assigns to me. I’ll never be able to please the Lord in following His will for my ministry. I’ll never be able to do the next three things the Lord has called me to do. I’ll never be able to figure out God’s will for me. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. See, that’s exactly what happens if I’m not careful. What starts as the devil screaming at me, “You can’t!” becomes “I can’t.” In other words, I start to believe the lies of the devil. Next thing I know, I doubt my ability to hear and follow the Lord in ministry.
I’ve got news for you, friend. Good news, in fact. It’s two-fold. First, THE DEVIL IS A LIAR! Second, you and I CAN DO everything – yes, everything – the Lord gives us to do in life and service to the Lord – IN THE LOVE, GRACE, MERCY, WISDOM, HOPE, JOY, PEACE, and STRENGTH OF CHRIST when our lives are fully surrendered to Jesus.
Let’s stop believing the devil’s lies. We CAN do ALL things God gives us to do THROUGH CHRIST who gives us what? HIS STRENGTH!
Oh, Father, bring your light to our hearts and expose the lies we have been believing. Help us to cast them out. Replace them, Father, as a woman once taught me long ago to do, with your truth. With your Word. With your Bible. Help us to remember day by day that we can do everything to which you call us IN YOUR STRENGTH – FOR YOUR GLORY. AMEN!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13