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Sunday, June 8, 2014

You Can't Do Anything You Set Your Mind To Do!

Philippians 4:13, We can do all things through Christ
"We can do anything we set our minds to do. All we have to do is believe in ourselves."    

This is an extremely popular saying, but it's not true.

We can't do anything we set our minds to do. 

For example, no matter how much I practice, I will never be a popular recording artist or great mathematician. God didn't give me those gifts or opportunities.

The truth is: We can do anything God has called us to do, no matter how difficult. All we have to do is believe in His character and depend on His strength (Philippians 4:13).

God is looking for humble, self-controlled, diligent Christians, aware of their limitations as well as their strengths:

"Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us." Romans 12:3 NLT 

Let's not "set our minds" on our plans. Let's set them on God's. (Ephesians 2:10).

Bible Study  
God made each of us unique. Instead of believing we can do anything we set our minds to do, we should be diligently seeking to know God's will for our lives, His purpose for our abilities, His guidance for our training and education. 

As we do this, we begin to see that even the difficulties in our lives are part of God's purposes. We learn through mistakes and through trying different tasks. (See "Feelin' Good About Your Gifts".

1. We are each unique, designed for unique purposes:

Romans 12:3-8: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 

2. We must pursue God's purposes, not our own.

Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [your needs] will be given to you as well. 

1 Peter 4:10-11:  Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

To see part 2 of this study with insights from this study, see We Can.

Copyright, Gail Burton Purath, 2014, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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