When we think of swear words that offend us there are dozens that come to mind. We even think of the Lord’s name being used as a swear word and it grieves us. As children we were taught to not use them or else. In today’s world, however, these offensive words are commonly spoken amongst teenagers and adults – and sadly – even children. Yet, as offensive as these words are to us, there is a word that offends God even more – and that word is “can’t”.
The word “can’t” is a short form of the word “cannot”, which means that it is not possible for something to be done or made use of in a particular way; not able; not likely; not allowed; not acceptable; or not attainable. The word carries a negative response and is par with the word “doubt”, while the word “can” has a positive connotation and is likened to the word “faith”.
God is offended because we use doubt instead of faith to live by, even though Jesus died on the cross so that we CAN live in victory. As Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him”.
Jesus defeated the meaning of the word “can’t” on the cross when He bore our sins and became a living sacrifice for us. He made it “possible” to be reunited with our Heavenly Father so that the impossible would become the possible for Christians. Matthew 19:26 says, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
When Jesus walked this earth, He taught the people constantly about the necessity of faith, of acting in faith, of believing God’s Word in faith, of speaking in faith and of encouraging others in faith. He reprimanded many people for their lack of faith that filled them with doubt and caused them to speak negative words and live defeated lives.
“Oh yea of little faith” was spoken many times by Jesus when the people told Him of things they could not do. But He never stopped there even though He was not pleased with them; He always told them what to do so that they could get positive results. Even though He was often angered at their unbelief, He still worked with them and helped them. Why? Because Jesus was trying to explain to them that He was the Son of God, that He had power to defeat the word “can’t” and that all the people had to do was believe in His name.
The Bible is filled with positive inspirations for our lives, but the world we live in does not follow the Bible, and it has its own precepts of what things can and cannot be done. For example, when a person gets cancer they’re told they may need surgery, or should have chemotherapy or radiation – or that nothing can be done, sorry. But the Bible says in Isaiah 53:5 that “By His stripes we are healed”. All we have to do is believe it and act on it instead of listening to the world – and we would get that victory.
The world has its own standards for people, and because the people are adhering to these standards more than the Word of God, there is more bondage now throughout the world than ever before in history. We succumb to medical reports, to mental and emotional limitations with added stressors, and controlled skills and abilities as decided by the world.
The Bible warns us in Colossians 2:8 that we should not follow these influences. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
We need to get our focus back onto Jesus and into the Bible so we can learn to accept the concept that we “CAN” do things when we trust in God to help us. Nothing is impossible for God and through Jesus we have permission to learn His Word and live by His Word so that we can live our lives with hope and victory. As it says in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
We have the victory over our problems when we trust in God to teach us. In the world we have to play by its rules and those who do are justified to say “can’t”, but Christians have been given the hope and the promise of victory through Christ and we are able to say “can”. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” … 1 Corinthians 15:57
When we depend on the world we are contingent to our own strengths and probabilities as we work within our own righteousness, but when we trust in the Lord we depend on HIS righteousness and HIS strength and HIS promises, as told to us in Philippians 3:9, “…. not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”
When we live through faith in the encompassment of Christ, we CAN do all things!
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” … Philippians 4:13.