“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13 NKJV
“I could never do that,” was something my spouse and I heard frequently from people in the church. We returned to our old church body this past weekend and heard that phrase from two individuals that remembered us and spoke to us on that visit. This weekend they were specifically referring to ballroom dancing they had seen us doing on social media. In the past we heard, “I could never do that,” from people in the church that heard different parts of our testimony. It really opened my eyes to the fact that the church is full of unbelievers.
Paul clearly states in this Philippians verse that all things are possible in Christ. That statement ALL includes every conceivable option on this earth. It excludes nothing. Yet, in the one place I would expect to hear, “That is possible,” I have heard, “That is not possible for me.” If you are one of those people that has used the phrase, “I could never do that,” I wish to encourage you to take a look at your relationship with God. How big is God in your life? Is He really that small to you that you think saying, “I could never,” is a true reality with Him?
Years ago God had us speak to a room of Christians about some of the difficulties we had endured in our marriage, like infidelities and addiction. It felt like we took our clothes off and stood in front of this group. Was it easy? Absolutely NOT! Was it worth it? Absolutely!!!! God took our obedience and has started a ministry with us. That is what people can see on the outside, but what God has done inside us is much more amazing. He continues to reveal issues in our marriage and helps us to deal with those issues. My spouse and I have grown so much with the Lord since that time speaking. We are in a new phase of life and are dealing with new things that I’m sure many people would tell us, “I could never do that.” Because we are trusting God in this walk, we are continuing to grow closer to Him. We’re human so at times we have wanted to turn around and say, “I can’t do this,” but God is right there encouraging us to continue.
The belief that you cannot do something will hinder your growth. God is truly bigger than anything He will ever ask you to do. Are you going to start believing Him? Or are you going to sit back and believe in your own limitations? God invites you to stand up and confess like the father in Mark 9, “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief! (24)’”