The other side of I can’t

Have you ever said to yourself, “I can’t do this?”

We all have, or at least we’ve thought it. This happens for several reasons, but one of the biggest is being worn down. 

When we’re worn down, we try for something and believe for more. Through Jesus, we do this through praying, giving, worshiping, serving, and more. These things profoundly impact our faith because it’s how we put our faith into action.

However, we can be worn down while we’re doing good. Have you been there?

But delay doesn’t mean denial. 

God is moving when we feel it and when we don’t. He’s moving when we feel energized and worn down to the point we say, “I can’t do this.”

But on the other side of I can’t is I can. This is where we reap, and this is where we have a breakthrough.

This is what Paul said in Galatians, and we need to be reminded of it.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up.”

Galatians 6:9

Notice we’re going to reap at the right time. I’ve found over the years that the right time comes when we don’t give up. When we overcome saying “I can’t,” we choose to say “I can.”

Sometimes we need to get the “I can’t” place because that’s where we let go and let God. It’s at this place where God shows up and does what he can do.

We often need to get out of the way, so God can step in the form and help us through.

On the other side of I can’t is a miracle, a breakthrough, new beginnings, healing, new energy, passion for God, and so much more. Please don’t use the resistance against you; take the ways that God has for you.

So often, we quit at the “I can’t place” but on the other side is I can!

“For I can do everything through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

I can keep going. I can keep praying. I can keep giving. I can keep living. I can keep serving. I can keep worshiping. I can keep forgiving. I can keep believing. I can keep walking with Jesus. I can keep moving forward. I can reap the harvest Jesus has for me.

I can!

This is what’s on the other side of I can’t. 

Here are two ways we do this. 

First, keep your eyes on Jesus.

Keeping our eyes on Jesus will always give us hope and the faith we need. When we take our eyes off of Jesus, we can be overwhelmed to the point that we’re worn down and quit. There’s no shame in feeling this way because we all do at one point or another, but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can get through these moments and get on the other side of I can’t.

Who are you looking to today? What are you focused on today?

Please let it be Jesus and know that as you look at him. He is always looking at you.

Second, wait on the Lord.

Waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean sitting down and doing nothing. It means we’re serving him, waiting on him, giving through a living face. This is how we get strengthened to run, not grow weary, to keep walking, and not faint.

The secret is giving to Jesus. 

Our faith thrives when we give out from ourselves to something bigger. Giving to Jesus will always cause us to receive more than we provide and replenish our faith, not quit.

Being tired, worn down, and tempted to quit is not wrong. It’s normal, and we all face this. The issue is, what will we do when we’re at this place?

Please don’t quit. Keep going; on the other side, I can’t, is I can! 

The good news is God is with you through the “I can’t place,” and he’s already in your I can place. So keep going! Jesus is with you!

The best is yet to come,


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