There are so many things to do, if only we had more time. We are entrusted by God just one life to live here in this world. What we do with our life makes all the difference both now and for eternity. Satan wants to defeat us at every turn. He stalks Christ-followers attempting to steal, kill and destroy (Jn 10:10). There will be many mountains to cross as we travel the road that Christ has placed before us, but just like the little engine that said “I think I can” and did, we can navigate the seasons and storms of life with God’s help. Obedience is the secret; it brings everything together. Though you may not understand things, you keep going, knowing that God wants abundant life for you. Many Christians walk through life discouraged and defeated with an “I can’t” attitude. “I can’t” really means “I won’t.” Obedience to God keeps us moving forward climbing those mountains and reaching the other side! Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (Jn 10:10) He didn’t come so we could barely get by or so we could tolerate life. Abundant life is what Jesus brought. Hold on to it. You can!

Scriptures
Ec 3:1; Jn 10:10; Ro 8:31; Phil 4:13

Verse
I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength. (Phil 4:13)

Thought
Philippians 4:13 is a maximum strength Scripture. “I can” is the posture we must take as we approach everything in life. This means knowing that “I can” with God’s help. Knowing God is with me, I can face today and all of my tomorrows with confidence. The Scripture says, “I can do all things.” Not a few things or some things or just one thing, but ALL things! My potential is to “do all things.” I can take this position “through Christ.” He is why I can do all things. I am holding on to him. He has me in his grip. How is this great God-fidence possible? “Because he gives me strength.” It’s by his power that I can face each new challenge with confidence. As we face mountains we will have doubts, but God will give us strength. Faith is confidence in God’s ability. When you think you can’t take another step; when life is more than you can bear, you can say “I can’t.” Lots of people do…wasting time, doing time, stuck in time, spinning, frustrated and angry. It’s no way to live. It’s time to trust God, to walk with God-given confidence. I can because He can!

Questions
Are you by nature an “I can” or “I can’t” person? Have you ever headed up the mountain thinking “I can,” but leaving God behind? How did that turn out? What’s your biggest mountain right now? What has been your biggest mountain in life? Why do some people seem to have so few mountains while others have so many? How do you share hope with someone who has a huge mountain in the road? What Scripture encourages you when you feel you can’t? How do you describe your confidence/faith in God to a non-believer?

Response
If there is a mountain that you have felt you can’t climb, pray for God’s strength, ask a Christian friend to stand beside you, and be obedient to God…You CAN with his strength! Put on your hiking boots and get started!

Prayer
My dear Father, thank you for making a way when the road is rough and when I can’t see ahead. Be my vision, my guide and my strength. In and through you I can do all things. Help my confidence in you to show through my life and give me opportunities to share your hope with others. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.