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Yes You Can!

Author: Josué Mora Peña

Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me." These words are from the Apostle Paul. He speaks out of his own experience. He went through a lot of problems, persecutions and tribulations; he was put behind bars and many times were in danger. In 2 Corinthians 11, he names many of the tragedies he suffered and still, he could tell, I can do everything because Jesus gives me the strength.

The title of this sermon, "Yes, You Can!" is vague, indefinite, obscure, ambiguous. It can mean several things to different people. This is one of those sermons in which you need to finish. What is it that you think you can do? Well, if you think you can, you will. If you think you can’t, you won’t. You see, it all depends on whether you believe it or not. With Christ everything is possible, even the impossible becomes possible.

The title can also be one of encouragement, hope, especially when one is going through a rough time in life. According to the Bible, everything is possible with God. He asked Abraham a rhetorical question, "is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14). Of course not! And God proved to him in more than one way how powerful He is, especially when his old wife Sara of 90 years of age gave birth to the son, Isaac, God had promised them. Verse 11 says: "Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well-stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women" (KJV).

Keep in mind that God is Omniscient (He knows everything), God is Omnipotent (He is powerful to do whatever He pleases); He is Omnipresent (He is everywhere). A song we sing at some churches says:

God is everywhere,
God is everywhere,
God is everywhere,
Hallelujah to the Lord.

You look for Him in heaven,
You look for Him at sea,
You look for Him in church,
And surely He’ll be there.

The purpose of this message is to challenge those who read it. It is for everybody, not only for those who have failed in life in one way or another. Remember that after the night, comes the morning; after the storm, comes bonanza; after failure, comes success. "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again"…and try we must if we really want to accomplish something in life, especially something that will bring glory and honor to God. We all can do better because "Yes, You Can!" We have to learn to "conquer yesterday" by doing more and better today than what we did the day before, according to a college professor whose name escapes my mind.

When we read the Bible, we find many examples of people who proved that everything is possible. We read of miraculous healings, of dead people coming back to life, of the Red Sea being divided in two so the people of Israel could cross it in dry land; we read of a rock gushing water to satiate the thirst of God’s people, we hear of venomous vipers which God sent to His rebellious people, but then, if the person who was bitten looked at the bronze snake that Moses built, he would not die. All through the Bible we know of miracle after miracle that God performed. Of course, in order to prove to ourselves that everything is possible, we need to believe the Bible, we need to trust in God and to make sure Christ is our Lord and Savior. We need to believe in miracles because, the greatest miracle of all, is the great salvation which God has provided for the world through His Son, Jesus Christ.

In Matthew chapter 8 we read of a Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. Then he told Him, you don’t have to come to my home and heal him, "but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed" (v. 8). Jesus replied, "…go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee" (v. 13). This means that if you believe that God will bless you and help you, He will do it. You see, it is according to how you believe.

Yes, you can! Because God has given you the power and the strength to do everything that you want to do. Like everything else, it has its conditions. There is a price that we must pay. In order to reach the unreachable star, to dream the impossible dream and to aim high, you must desire it with all your heart. You must believe that it is possible. But you need a plan to accomplish your dreams. If a person fails to plan; he plans to fail. Don’t let that happen to you. You can do it because you are a child of God. He made you into His image and after His likeness (Genesis 1:26). You like any other human being has a spark from God. Don’t ever use the word "I can’t" because yes you can, but not on your own, God is with you, if you just believe God will help you do it.

Ah, but you need faith in God because "without faith it is impossible to please him" (Hebrews 11:6). The first verse says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith, then, is to believe what you hope for and expect that will happen, even though you do not see it. All you do is put your trust in God. This is the kind of faith that every person needs to have in order to become saved. Faith in what Jesus did on Calvary many years ago: He died for you and me, for the whole world, so that "whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Do you have that kind of faith? Yes, you can have it. The Bible says that "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 8:17). As you continue to read the Bible and listen to the word of God through the radio, television, the internet or whatever other means, your faith is increasing more and more.

Let me ask you this, what is that you would like God to do with you, your family, your children? Think about it. Whatever it is, God is more willing to help you than what you are to ask Him. He is a God of love. His mercies are forever (Psalm 136) and see that God is a merciful God. Don’t wait until tomorrow. God is waiting.

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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32
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