It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God. (2 Corinthians 3:5, NLT)
My “never’s” spewed like blasts from a fire hydrant.
“Would never” vows, never to
… say those words my mother said…
… have a child that acted like that…
… get a divorce…
And the “could never’s” I felt unqualified to do.
… be a teacher…
… speak in public…
… share my faith with a friend…
Bringing me face-to-face with my “never’s”, God showed me the two deadly powers that fueled them.
Pride and doubt.
Those twin evils had joined forces to separate me from His plans for me.
With every pride-driven “would never”, I proclaimed I was master of my future. Each one kept me from admitting my weaknesses and relying on God’s power. I believed my own qualifications were my strengths, when in fact they were like prison walls separating me from the abundance of God’s will. Walls built with a stockpile of “never” bricks. Years of them.
Then, the walls collapsed.
I said those words my mother said.
I had children that acted like that.
I got a divorce.
Unfortunately, collapsed “would never” walls don’t bring freedom. The bricks simply rearrange themselves, building walls of “could never’s”.
My “would never’s” had been refusals to believe I would ever be weak enough to fail.
My “could never’s”, on the other hand, were refusals to believe I could ever have the strength to succeed. These doubt-fed, self-imposed limitations served as boundaries God never intended for me to live within. Every “could never” I spoke was proof that my faith was solely grounded in myself. Each one emphasized my belief that no power was greater than mine, not even God’s.
My “could never’s” built an equally confining prison. It suffocated my faith. It blinded me to the powerful works God wanted to accomplish through me. That “could never” prison held me captive in the belief that I was a failure. Unqualified for God to use.
You and I are called by God to accomplish extraordinary feats. It pleases Him to equip us for those works with the power of the Holy Spirit. The same power He used to raise Christ from the dead. Our “never’s” quench the Spirit and magnify our disqualifications.
Do you have “would never’s”? Are they refusals to submit to God’s calling? Determinations to rely on your own strength?
What about “could never’s”? Do you doubt that God could ever use you?
Our “never’s” may have the power to imprison us for a while, but God’s “never” has the ultimate power to free us to serve Him. Let’s exchange our “never’s” for His.
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5, NIV)