This is Day 3 of 21 Days of Prayer. You Can Do It!
Every new year brings with it the question of whether you can accomplish something that is intrinsically hard for you. The intrigue of challenging ourselves and facing that challenge with a beginner’s anticipation is so irresistible that hundreds of thousands of people decide to chase a new hope year after year.
They...or we...tell ourselves, "You Can Do It!"
In fact, that’s what I want to tell you today. Stop doubting or second-guessing yourself. Be encouraged and stay in faith because, you really can do it!
Charles Spurgeon said,
“I would recommend you either believe God up to the hilt, or else not to believe at all. Believe this book of God (the Bible), every letter of it, or else reject it. There is no logical standing place between the two. Be satisfied with nothing less than a faith that swims in the deeps of divine revelation; a faith that paddles about the edge of the water is poor faith at best. It is little better than a dry-land faith, and is not good for much.”
Where does that kind of faith come from? It's God-given, built into our being and buried in our DNA. Like the fingerprints of God our Creator, faith surfaces as the substance of things hoped for and becomes evidence of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).
A prominent writer, clergyman and New York reformer, Thomas T. DeWitt, preached to thousands in the mid to late 19th century. One very encouraging quote he left for us is this, “Do not think that any work God gives you to do in the world is on too small a scale for you to do it.” ~ In other words, you can do it!
When you begin to doubt, say Philippians 4:13 out loud, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” If it is personal finances, healthy living or healing a relationship, when it is approved by God, you can do it!
Sometimes accomplishing something good, can be difficult. Maybe you want to further your education, write a book, lose weight or get a new job. It will probably require sacrifice and determination but no matter how difficult it may be, Galatians 6:9 says, we should not get “weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
So remember this, when you start doing a good thing, the only way to accomplish it is to finish the journey. You can’t faint because it gets hard. Every day you strive and push a little further in the direction of your goal, success gets closer and closer than it was the day before. Little by little, you are making progress. Yes, not only can you do it, but in that moment, you are doing it! Finally, the day comes when you will no longer say, “I can do it”. Instead, you will shout, “I did it!”
Lord God, I know my “due season” is on the way. Give me the strength and fortitude to stick with my new hope, to stand in faith and not faint before my mission is complete. I totally trust in You. I can do that! My heart is fixed on Galatians 6:9. I can do that too! And I have faith that Philippians 4:13 applies to me every day of every week and every month, all year long! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
Inspiring Hope, Seasoning Faith, Pastor Sean