When I was younger my mum used to often say, “You can only do what you can do.” Her point was this: Like everyone else, I will often be in situations in life where I need to remind myself that I have limits and can’t reasonably be expected to do something beyond my ability. This was supposed to help me cut myself some slack. And in many respects, what she said was helpful and fair.

However, I believe God at times expects us to do more than we can do.

Why do I believe this? Because the New Testament is full of examples of Christians doing things beyond their ability, made possible by having the ability of the Holy Spirit working through them. For example, the Holy Spirit can give us the ability to pray for the sick for healing (1 Cor. 9:12), speak with prophetic insight into the past, present and future (1 Cor. 12:10), speak in a language that we have not learned (Acts 2:4), drive out demonic spirits (Mark 16:17), and have wisdom and knowledge beyond that which would be possible without God’s help (1 Cor. 12:8).

 God can also help us to forgive what we cannot forgive, love people we cannot love and heal what we cannot heal.

God accepts us as we are. But he has anointed us to be more than we are. Read through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and pray today that God would use you in some of these abilities – abilities that will enable you to do more than you can do!

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

Dave Akerman