Dancing the Faith Can’t Can’t

By Sherry Carter @DiAnnMills

Our guest blogger this week is Sherry Carter.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

I have a confession to make. When God calls me to do something, I immediately say, “I can’t! Even if it’s something I’ve done before, it doesn’t matter. That was a fluke. I was just lucky. I’ll never be able to do it again.”

If it’s a new challenge, I really freak out. “I’ve never done this before! I’ll make a fool of myself.”

When God calls, we all panic, don’t we? We assume we can’t – No way. No how. No chance.

We’re unqualified, incapable, and not smart enough.

We measure our abilities, and failure is a given.

But we forget to factor the Holy Spirit into the equation. What we lack, He has.

He is infinitely qualified, completely capable, and the source of all knowledge.

There’s a saying: If God calls you, He equips you. Isn’t that what Ephesians 2:10 says?

We were created by God, created specifically for the works He prepared for us before we were born. When He formed us in our mothers’ wombs, He designed us with those works in mind. He shaped our strengths, weaknesses, and personalities to match the life He planned for us.

And then He placed the Holy Spirit in us to empower us.

When we say, “I can’t,” what I’m really saying is, “Holy Spirit, You can’t.”

“I’m not qualified.” means “Holy Spirit, You’re not qualified.”

“I’m not capable” translates to “Holy Spirit, You’re not capable.”

It’s true, We can’t do anything on our own. It’s also true, With the Holy Spirit, we can do anything.

What a mystery: God places Himself inside our weak vessels.
What a privilege: He chooses us to serve Him.
What a joy: He works in us and through us to accomplish His work.

Forget the “I can’t,” and rejoice in the “He can!”

For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37

When has God called you out of your comfort zone? How did He enable you to accomplish His purposes?

Sherry Carter’s first Bible Study, Life Principles for the Storms of Life, won the 2007 Award of Excellence at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference and was published in 2010. As part of a military family, she experienced first-hand several world cultures. Sherry began her career at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital and later became an engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. During her last few years at Johnson Space Center, she experienced a series of agonizing crises, culminating in a layoff. During these stormy years, God led Sherry through anger and confusion and brought her to a deeper faith. She combines this life experience with 40 years as a Bible study teacher to bring depth to her writing. She lives in Texas with her husband.

Thank you, Sherry!



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