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I Can Do It
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    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
    Have you quoted that verse before?
    Chances are you’ve experienced things in this life that were difficult and discouraging.
    We’re often tempted to play the victim and say, “Oh, woe is me. I can’t do this anymore. I might as well give up.” And many do. Some permanently.
    But the Apostle Paul chose to look up. And when he did, he realized God was able to give the strength to get through anything that came his way. Let’s read Philippians 4:13
    Philippians 4:13 NKJV
    13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
    He can do the same for you. But...
    There are three things you have to do to be able to do all things through Christ which strengthens you:

    You must identify your weaknesses

    – Receiving God’s help starts with admitting the fact “I need help!”
    2 Corinthians 12:9–10 NKJV
    9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. So, in order to receive God’s strength, I must identify and admit my weaknesses.
    It sounds contradictory to say “In order to be able to do all things, I must admit what I can’t do.” It’s not a contradiction. It is a paradox.
    A paradox is where two opposite statements are equally true. A paradoxical truth must be embraced for a paradigm shift to take place. I have to admit I need God’s help for God to help me! If pride keeps me from acknowledging my weakness, I will never receive God’s strength.
    1 Peter 5:6 NKJV
    6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
    God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness. So when I am weak, then am I strong. It starts with identifying and acknowledging my weakness because God strengthens our inabilities and helps our infirmities.
    Romans 8:26 NKJV
    26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
    The specific infirmity and inability listed in Romans 8:26 is “for we know not”. Many people ignore this verse in the Bible because they don’t want to admit that there are some things that God knows and we don’t know. If we won’t admit what we don’t know, don’t have, and can’t do, we can’t receive God’s help.
    You and I are weak. We need God’s strength to get through life in such a way that honors Him.
    We need to give up our pride, independent spirit, and be content with what He provides. Second...

    You must believe in God’s strength

    – You must believe that God’s stuff is enough!
    2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
    9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    In Mark 11:22, Jesus says “Have faith in God.” This sounds like an elementary message for Jesus to have teach to the men that saw His miracles and heard His teachings.
    Shouldn’t the disciples have been past the basics of “Have faith in God”?
    The truth of the matter is, we never get past the basics of having faith in God. Whether we are like the rich man and make the mistake of putting our faith in something other than God or we are like the person that has been so oppressed by life that we don’t believe God can or will help us, the message is still the same… Have faith in God!
    God’s grace is sufficient! God’s stuff is enough! God is able to do exceeding , abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that’s working in me and in you.
    This means God is able to make us able! When we are weak, God can make us strong if we have faith in God. His strength is made perfect in our weakness if we believe His stuff is enough.
    But not only to do great and might things. It means also to be able to make it through the difficult times with grace. Life is not always a bed of roses. Even the Christian life. God can provide contentment when we’re content in Him. Thirdly...

    We must exchange our weakness for His strength

    Back to 2 Corinthians...
    2 Corinthians 12:9–10 NKJV
    9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    We can’t live a contented life for Jesus without the Father’s strength. Not true contentment, anyway.
    The key is when we begin to lose our grip on contentment, consciously exchange those pangs of discontentment with His strength to be all we need.
    I believe His strength is made is made perfect in my weakness. I believe God enough to change the way I think about me and say “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!”
      • Philippians 4:13NKJV

      • 2 Corinthians 12:9–10NKJV

      • 1 Peter 5:6NKJV

      • Romans 8:26NKJV

      • 2 Corinthians 12:9NKJV

      • 2 Corinthians 12:9–10NKJV

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