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You can’t do it
Posted: Mar 2, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I am generally a pretty positive person. I have a quote on my desk that I look at every day. The quote simply says, “how bad do you want it?” Generally speaking, I honestly believe that we can achieve and do anything that we want to do badly enough. Imagine that you have a smoking problem. You have smoked every day of your life for the past 18 years. You have tried to quit many times but you keep failing and you tell yourself, it just isn’t worth trying to quit anymore. Now I’d like you to imagine that you were given an offer by a very generous man. This generous man came to you and said, “if you would be willing to quit smoking for 3 months, I will pay you 10 million dollars cash.” What are the chances you would be able to quit then? I would say pretty good. So the problem isn’t that you can’t, the problem is that you are lacking the motivation.

I’m not here to bash smoking. This was just for examples sake. The bottom line is, generally speaking will power can get you a lot of places. I once heard someone say, we are not lacking will power, it’s won’t power that is the problem. Now, as I said at the beginning, I am a very positive person. I generally believe in people and when a person comes to me for counseling, my response is usually the same. You can make it. You can do it. Hang on and keep fighting. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Try harder!

That sounds all well and good but here is the problem. When it comes to dealing with sin in your life, that strategy doesn’t cut the mustard. Not only does it not cut the mustard, it doesn’t ever work. Think about this. If it was possible for you to try harder, fight harder, resist longer to get rid of the sin in your life, why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Jesus came to die on the cross because God knew it wasn’t possible for people to defeat sin in their lives in their own power and strength. He had a major problem on his hands. The people that He created were now bound by sin with no possible hope of fixing it in and of themselves. Enter Jesus.

Want to know the answer to defeating the sin issue in your life? Draw close to Jesus. It really is that simple. When you draw closer to Jesus, you are running away from sin. No matter how hard you try on your own, you can’t do it. It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. No matter how hard you try, you will only end up hurt, frustrated, and away from Jesus. Jesus says to us who are weary, weak, tired, tempted to come unto Him and we will find rest. The answer to your sin problem is not to try harder. The answer is to seek Jesus. I know Nike’s famous slogan is “You can do it.” My friends, I hate to break it to ya, but when it comes to breaking the power of sin in your life by yourself, “You can’t do it.” Learn to love God for who He is and He will show you how absolutely amazing His grace and love for you really is. When you get that picture, trust me, you won’t want to sin anymore.

You can’t do it! :)

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com

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