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“Can Do” Power
By Joel Osteen - Jan 29, 2021
We all face pressure in life and times when we feel overwhelmed: the obstacle looks too big, we never dreamed we'd be dealing with this sickness, we thought the trouble at work would end. It's easy to feel as though we can't take it anymore. But the Scripture says, "God will never let you face anything that you can't handle. But He will also provide a way of escape, so you will be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). When God designed you, He took into account everything you would face--every struggle, every unfair situation, every setback--and He put in you the strength, the courage, and the determination to withstand it.

When you feel as though the pressure is too much, it's because you're stronger than you think. You'll never discover how strong you really are until you face pressure that you've never faced. It may seem unbearable, but the fact that God allowed it means you can handle it. He didn't say He'd make a way of escape so you could run from it, but so you can "bear it." You can look back at times when you didn't think you could go on, the pressure seemed unbearable, but somehow it didn't defeat you. You had the strength to keep going when you didn't feel you had anything left. Why didn't it break you? Because you were stronger than you thought. God wouldn't have allowed you to get in that pressure if He hadn't designed you to handle it. You will always be able to bear whatever comes your way.

When God designed you, He knew what pressures you would face: financial pressure, relationship pressure, raising children pressure, dealing with an illness pressure. If that pressure was going to crush you, God wouldn't have put you there. He doesn't make mistakes. Whatever you face, remind yourself that you can handle it. Now you have to get in agreement with God. If you go around thinking, "This is too much. I can't raise these children. This pressure at work is overwhelming," that's going to defeat you.

The Scripture says you are full of "can do" power. You are well able to overcome opposition, to outlast adversity. But I've learned that "can do" power doesn't do any good if you have a "can't do" mentality. Quit looking at all the things you can't do. Have a new perspective: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This obstacle may be big, but I can overcome it. This trouble is taking longer than I thought, but I can outlast it. This situation feels overwhelming, but I'm designed for it. I'm strong, I'm anointed, and I'm equipped."
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