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Yes You Can-April 22, 2024

You can do it!

Monday Morning Devotion-April 22, 2024

 Yes, You Can

 Faithful is he who calls you and He also will bring it to pass.   1 Thessalonians 5:24

*from May 2022.

           "Once you trust in Jesus you can no longer say---'I can't do that "'--when God calls you to do something.  Why can't you?  Because the Holy Spirit says: 'Yes, You Can.'"

            There is only one right response when God calls you to do something.  That's to say yes.

(Charles Stanley, "Jesus Our Perfect Hope")

            Sometimes you may be faced with thankless and unpleasant tasks and feel like nobody understands your predicament.  But the important thing is not that others see your efforts, but that God does.  When you trust Him, and he sees that you are trustworthy in smaller tasks He knows he can trust you with greater assignments. 

           The late Dr. Stanley said that anytime you are feeling inadequate there are four things you should do:

            1) Acknowledge your need for Him:  When you admit to the Lord that you need His help, wisdom, strength, power, resources, protection and provision are available to you.  That's a lot of firepower. No problem can withstand all of that.

            2) Rely upon Him:  Trust God to come through.  He hears every prayer.  He has a plan and He is ready to help those who trust Him.

            3) Take a Step of Faith and Act Upon What He Called You to Do:  In last week's devotion we talked about the importance of taking that first step, in faith, even before we know where that second step will lead us.

            4)  Choose Not to be Afraid:  Stanley said; "God is fully committed to the fulfillment of His plans.  He will always help you as you walk in obedience to Him.

            Sometimes we find it difficult to know what God's will is instead of ours.  Or if our will is in sync with His. We know that through the leading of the Holy Spirit, yes we can do it.  But, what is it that the Lord expects of us?

            In determining His will, the late Billy Graham referred to the Psalmists prayer (Psalm 27:11)  Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path"° and after you have asked Him to guide you Graham said:  "Then ask God to give you some definite markers to lead you.  It may be advice from people who know you; it may be doors that unexpectedly open; it may be a growing interest in some field of study or work God not only wants you to know His will He wants to reveal it to you."

            Then he adds this scripture of encouragement:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6.

            Sometimes we have to wait for those markers to appear.  We want to know God's will.  We know that with the Holy Spirit leading us there is no reason to fear that we can't do something.  But, do what?  Waiting is hard.

              Joyce Meyer writes: "We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting because change is a process. Many people want change, but they don't want to go through the waiting process.  But the truth is, waiting is a given ---we are going to wait. The question is are we going to wait the wrong or right way?  If we wait the wrong way, we'll be miserable, but if we decide God's way, we can become patient and enjoy the wait.  It takes practice but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience which is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22).  It is developed only under trial so we must not run from difficult situations."

            While we are waiting and praying, we are secure in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit will guide us through whatever "thankless and unpleasant" task we may be facing.  The Spirit guides in the right direction.

            First of all, the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth.  That's the key to resolving these difficult issues.  We need to know the truth about what we are dealing with and how to counteract it.  Jesus is the truth and the truth can set us free from sin.  John 16:13 says: However, when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth."

            The Spirit will guide us away from sin. Prayer enables us to hear from God as we are led by the Spirit. 

            The Spirit also guides us to our purpose.  God has given each of us talents to help others and fulfill our mission.  No matter what He calls us to do, He equips us to complete our mission and sends the Holy Spirit to help and lead us.

            And the important reason that we can trust the Holy Spirit to guide us in the right way is to helps us understand the will of God.  We learn this through prayer, reading His word and following the Holy Spirit's lead. ("Powered by the Holy Spirit"

            The end result of this trust and waiting is that God will give you His help, wisdom, strength, power, resources, protection and provision.  With all that working for you it makes the answer simple when God asks you to do something.

            Yes, You can!

Prayer:  Thank You Lord for the ability and wisdom through your Holy Spirit to say: "Yes, we can do that" when we are faced with a difficult task.  Amen!

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