Yes, You Can!

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13


The Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada, is one of the seven wonders of North America. Not only does it contain the rarest whales in the world, dinosaur fossils, and semi-precious metals, but it also has the highest tides on Earth. Its unique shape amplifies the natural rise and fall of the ocean to as much as 56 feet, the height of a 5-story building, twice a day. Some tides are higher, and some lower, depending on the position of the moon, the sun, and atmospheric conditions.

Two energy companies saw the potential of the tides and joined forces to develop technology to harness their power. Refusing to listen to naysayers about the risk, the cost, and how long it would take to receive a return on their investment, the companies took a “we can do it” approach, and it will soon be selling electricity to Nova Scotia.

You may have naysayers in your life—you may even be one of them in your own self-talk—that tell you not to try: you could fail, you could make a fool of yourself; you could adversely affect the lives of others. But the Bible tells you that success over the spiritual tides that would wash you away comes in “cans.”  Today’s verse is a reminder that through the strength given in Christ, you can do the things He has planned for you. Psalm 29:11 says the Lord gives strength to His people.  Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is the strength of my life.” Hebrews 12:1 reminds you to “lay aside every weight” so that you might “run with endurance” the race set before you.

Ask God today to help you keep a “Yes, I can” attitude as you follow Him. Pray for the chaplains of Congress and in the Armed Forces who deal with the discouragement of others, building them up, that they too would be renewed in their spirits today.

Today’s Verse: Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Hebrews 12:12-23

12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears.

18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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