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April 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

Do you ever find yourself stuck saying: “I can’t”?

When I hear the name Moses, I picture a great giant in faith with arms outstretched performing miracles of God. But I think I identify more the Moses of early Exodus. A younger Moses who tried to accomplish his calling in the flesh, ending quickly with a corpse buried in the sand. Then forty years later God gave Moses a second chance but he seemed stuck with one response, “I can’t.” In Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses “in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (v.2) that burned but was not consumed. In response to God’s call, Moses refused to be God’s messenger of deliverance. Instead he tried to wallow in his own inadequacy. I’ve done that too; have you?


I’ve told you before, that it took a decade before I was ready to step into the vocation in which God called me to? I was stuck with that same response. I kept finding myself stuck on saying: “I can’t”. I found myself again and again looking at my qualifications, and feeling disqualified to do what God was calling me to do. I’m telling you all this again, because there’s been a transformation in my thinking from “I can’t” to “as long as God shows me, I can.” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 I’ve come to understand that I really can do all things through Christ and that’s the key. I know there are a lot of you who are reading these messages that know and sense that God’s called you to use your gifts and talents for His work, but you are like Moses and I, you are stuck looking at them through your own eyes and you're saying: “I can’t.” You’re right, you can’t. But if you’ll surrender to God and allow Him to show you, you’ll be able to do things that will blow your mind.


A.W. Tozer said “True faith requires that we believe everything God has said about Himself, but also that we believe everything He has said about us. Until we believe that we are as bad as God says we are, we can never believe that He will do for us what He says He will do.” This is why our prayer lives suffer. We tend believe what God says about us is all bad, but when He says that we’re bad that doesn’t mean that we’re unqualified to serve Him or approach Him in prayer. In fact, He means just the opposite. It means we realize our true need for Him and that our only hope is in approaching Him.


I spent 10 years refusing to believe that I was a pastor or that I could be of any good to the Kingdom of God at all. I was certain that no one would listen to me or be helped by anything I have to say or that God would want to use me to say anything. I was wrong and you are wrong too. I found that when I approached Him about my inadequacies and my fears, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9. He showed me how to change my mindset, and it helped me to understand that the reason I was qualified to do what God called me to do is because He gave me the ability, and if He gave me the ability then He would see to it that my ability was developed. The only way for my ability to be developed was to begin to use it. It’s the same with you!


This is my Prayer: Father God, you know my struggles, how I refuse Your call and even try to run away from it. Lord when I get stuck with “I can’t” remind me that Your call always comes with whatever else I need to do it. Jesus show me the steps I need to take to do what You ask of me. God teach me always approach You in my weakness and rest in Your power. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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