The Mayo Clinic defines a delusion as “a belief or altered reality that is persistently held despite evidence or agreement to the contrary”. The “I Can’t” delusion concerns not only the mind but also the heart and is one that many countless followers of Jesus struggle with each day. Over my lifetime it has taken me 34 years to reach a place I never thought I would: healing. Healing isn’t so much a destination as it is a journey and I am confident there is much more healing God wants to do in my life, and yours. In fact, that’s the reason I’m writing this message today: prayerfully hoping you will join me in this journey in the freedom of Christ.
There is a lie that the father of lies speaks into the heart of every believer: “you can’t”. Because Satan is described as one who comes only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), we would do well to examine this lie so we can conquer it. Because of the relentless nature of this lie, over time the “you can’t” lie becomes a delusion that each of us owns and it slowly but surely becomes: “I can’t”.
Although the “I Can’t” delusion plays itself out in many different ways in our lives, there are a few you are sure to recognize:
- I can’t change
- I can’t stop
- I can’t find victory
- I can’t receive healing
- I can’t forgive
- I can’t _____________ (insert whatever lie you struggle with)
Because Satan cannot steal our salvation and he cannot separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39), the only thing he can do is trap us in lies that make us ineffective, depressed, and live a life contrary to the promises of God. Often in my own life the “I Can’t” delusion finds its roots firmly embedded in pride. In the deep dark corners of my mind where I refuse to admit I have a problem until that problem has almost destroyed me. It is by God’s grace and mercy that time and time again He brings me back from this place. Maybe you are there today… feeling so powerless but too ashamed and pride filled to admit it.
Every believer should memorize Romans 12:2, this is a powerful weapon we can use to fight the “I Can’t” delusion. Romans 12:2 says: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (NLT). Often I’ve told my oldest son who struggles with the lie of “I Can’t”, whether you think you can or you think you can’t… you are right. Although all our struggles can’t be made right by simple positive belief, by trusting in the God of the impossible, nothing will be impossible for us.
It’s important to stop for a moment so you don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. The source of our power and our ability to do anything is not found with-in. The source of our strength and hope is found only in Jesus. It isn’t a matter of “if” Jesus can do something or not… nothing is impossible for Him. This truth is echoed throughout the Scriptures. It is here in the presence of God, fully forgiven, restored, and redeemed through our faith in Jesus that we can be transformed by God. Here, God changes even the way we think!
Let’s take a look at the list of “I Can’t” statements we already looked at:
can’tcan change because I am forgiven, free, and redeemed in Christ.
can’tcan stop because I am no longer a slave, I am free in Jesus.
can’tcan find victory, Jesus has already given it to me.
can’tcan receive healing because nothing is impossible with my God.
can’tcan forgive because in Christ, God has forgiven me.
can’tcan _____________ because in Christ I am a new creation, being transformed by the power of God. (insert whatever lie you struggle with)
My heart’s desire today is that anyone reading this message would experience the overwhelming Truth and freedom we have in Christ. It is past time for every believer to experience true freedom, power, and relationship with God through Jesus. Today and every day as you move forward, stop believing the lies that “You Can’t”. Verbalize the truth whenever the “I Can’t” delusion rises in your life. Take the truth of God and speak it over your life.
Lastly, know that Jesus is not “a truth”, He is THE Truth. The only way you will ever experience true freedom and victory in your life is through Jesus. Reading, studying, meditating, and filling your life with the Word of God will build you up with God’s truth concerning who you are. Everything we are is because of who God is and His great love for us (John 3:16). Here I am celebrating every victory with you, because YES YOU CAN, in Jesus name.