One of the more subtle and yet as I see it, more effective tactics the enemy uses against us is the “I can’t” strategy. We lose out way too often because of our repetitive, “I can’t” declarations over our lives. Think about how often the “I can’ts” infiltrate our lives to keep us from the best of the best for us. I can’t afford to take a day off to enjoy time with my family….I can’t save any money…..I can’t forgive that person…..I can’t pursue my dream…..I can’t, I can’t, I can’t!!! Why not? Maybe if we get down to the nitty gritty of it, much of the time what we really mean is, “I won’t.” I won’t because I don’t want to put the effort into what it will take to accomplish that dream. The first step is always the hardest and is also the step that the enemy would love nothing more than to scare us into not taking. Because the truth of the matter is, it scares the enemy to think of us stepping into the fullness of our destinies. And it very well should!
We all to often lean on the “I can’ts” not realizing those words are a free gift from the enemy of our soul, rather than moving forward into the free gift of abundant life from the One who gave His life for us because He is, the lover of our soul.
Consider this, Our Father God is perfect in all His ways and He loves us with a perfect love. Many of us are parents, and although we love our children, we have not yet entered into being a perfect parent nor loving with a perfected love. Even so, what parent would bring their baby into this world with merely desiring them to serve in life and not be as happy as possible nor prosper abundantly? Very few, and none that I personally know. My point being, how much more would God, who is perfect in love and in all His ways, want all of that and still so much more, for His children?
If we’re being real, and we are, the ugly truth is, if we keep trusting in the promptings of the thief, then he’s correct, “I can’t.” Or, if we try to do much of anything by our own strength, well then probably, “I can’t” is accurate as well. On the other hand, here’s the beautiful truth, we are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price, and the thief has no right to us, nor do we need to do anything by our own strength because the Holy Spirit lives within us and we have His strength and His guidance in all things.