CAN'T NEVER COULD DO ANYTHING
"For by You I can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall." Psalm 18:29
Has there ever been a greater movie character than Rocky Balboa, the Italian Stallion? The answer is NO! Rocky is beloved because he had limited ability but miles and miles of heart. He did what others said couldn't be done.
In Rocky II, Rocky is preparing for his big rematch with Apollo Creed, the heavy weight champion of the world. As he and his trainer, Mickey, watch film from the first fight, Mickey lets him in on a little secret: In order to win, Rocky was going to have to fight Creed as a right handed fighter.
Rocky responded by saying, "Com' on, Mick. I can't do that!" I love Mickey's reply, "What's can't!? There ain't no can'ts!"
IS YOUR ATTITUDE CAN OR CAN'T?
In the Christian life, there ain't no can'ts because nothing is too difficult for God. Yet, so many of us have "can't do" attitudes. We look at the mountains of opposition in our lives and silently say to ourselves, "No way. This can't be moved. This can't be done. I can't succeed." And you know what? When we think like that, we experience defeat. Mountain moving miracles don't take place in "can't do" people.
Peter walked on the water just fine until the fierceness of the wind and waves caused him to take his eyes off Jesus. As he began to whisper to himself, "This can't be done," he started to sink. Everyone knows that "can't do" people can't walk on water. But "can do" people can!
ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH
Jesus said, "Be it done to you according to your faith" (Matthew 9:29). He said, "If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea'; and it would obey you" (Luke 17:6).
What exactly is faith? Tony Evans said, "Faith is acting like God is telling the truth." I love that definition. God IS telling the truth. You and I CAN see the mountains and trees of opposition leveled before us as we believe God and step out in faith.
You see, faith is not rooted in you. It is rooted in the promises of God and in His power to fulfill His promises. Faith is NOT whipping yourself into a frenzy and mindlessly chanting, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." Faith is looking above your circumstances to the promises of God and saying, "I know He can, I know He can, I know He can!"
WHAT IS YOUR "CAN'T DO" SITUATION?
Are you facing a big "can't do" in your life today? Maybe it is financial. Maybe it is physical. Maybe it is in your marriage and family. Maybe it is with a sin you "can't" seem to conquer.
Remember, "There ain't no can'ts!" Bring that situation to the Lord, AND keep bringing it to Him! Find a promise in the Word of God that speaks to your situation and cling to it.
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.