More Grace and Peace
January 16, 2013
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More Grace and Peace
January 16, 2013
Brimming With JOY
January 18, 2013

Who Says I Can’t

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

From the moment we’re born, we are programmed with limiting beliefs. By the time we’re 17, we’ve been told “You can’t” ~ 150,000 times. We’ve also been told “You can” ~ 5000 times. Rebel Brown

Whether they say you can or say you can’t, they limit you. From birth, we have had to listen to others. Our parents told us what is harmful, what they think is good or bad, what to do, where to go, and every detail of our life. As we grow older, we listen less to what others say. We step out to learn on our own. We think we can do it alone—make the right decisions. But can we?

I’m a reader, which means I read what others say. I’m a writer, which means I say things hoping other people will listen. Limitations come from what we believe. I listen. I evaluate it by my paradigm of truth and accept or reject what I hear. If we believe something, which isn’t true, then it won’t work. At some point, it will dead-end.

Many people think you must learn by experience. You have to walk in someone else’s shoe’s to understand what they are going through. If that were true, we wouldn’t need schools. We could just wait until we needed math and then figure it out. I don’t need to experience something to learn. I can see what you experienced and learn.

If I want to learn how to succeed in life, I go to the handbook of life. I figure, if God created man (He did), then He knows what I need to know about success in every area of my life. If He says I can—I can. I believe I can because He says I can. If I know I can, regardless of what anyone says, I can.

Remember all means all. God through Christ can empower me to do all things. We limit what we can do by not allowing God to empower us—dynamite power—to do whatever He wants us to do. This doesn’t allow much room for “can’t.” In the natural it might not look like we can, but with God’s enabling power, I can do it.