Summary: Whatever God’s Word says you MUST do, God knows you CAN do!

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Philippians 4:13

Big Idea: Whatever God’s Word says you MUST do, God knows you CAN do!


So I am having my daily devotions – just minding my own business in private worship when I stumbled upon Matthew 19:16, “Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’”

As I read it my routine devotions changed. God stepped in and took me places I was not anticipating. At first glance this simple verse just appears as the basic question that all men must ask of God if they wish to be saved. It is asked and answered more than once in the New Testament and many of us have asked that same question. But there was one simple word that stuck with me for days to come afterwards … “must.”

Sentences with “must” have a simple impersonal verb (dei). It is a tiny word but it has huge significance. It makes all the other words connected into an urgent need or expectation … even a demand. It can also be translated “It is necessary” or “It is binding” or “It is obligatory” or “It is required” or “ought” or “shall.”

It was in this that I sensed God telling me something. “Ken, think on this … there are things in my Word that I tell God’s people they ‘must’ do. THEY MUST DO! These are pretty important, Ken, you might want to explore them a bit.”

It took me on a personal journey and now a journey for us as a people.

In the weeks to come we are going to work our way through the New Testament and consider the things that God’s Word says we “MUST” do. But, in the midst of it all, I want you to see a very powerful and guaranteed promise.

• This promise applies every time.

• This promise has no exceptions.

• This promise is very very simple.

• This promise is so radical it changes everything.

Here it is.

Wait for it.

“Whatever God’s Word says I MUST do, God knows I CAN do!”

Not in your own strength mind you – in His! God not only gives you His expectations but His Spirit also gives you His grace to accomplish the task. When God gives you a command – He also gives you a promise. God’s word says “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

By the time this adventure is over that is one thing that I pray His Spirit drills into you. “Whatever God’s Word says I MUST do, God knows I CAN do!”

Please understand, this was first of all a lesson God had to “re-teach” me. For that last few months I have been in a rather “dark” place. I know it is a “spiritual winter” and that God is doing something deep and life changing; but it is also very difficult and, at times, lonely. When God takes you through the winter season you always seem to go “alone” don’t you?

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