Have you ever felt this about your Christian life and walk? Or maybe about life in general? I know I have in the most difficult and darkest moments- the pressure and temptation to quit and give up. If we are honest we may not have exclaimed this out publicly but it has no doubt been a silent yet powerful expression in our hearts.

It’s hard sometimes to be totally honest and candid about how we feel- particularly in the Christian community and church context. Many of us wear masks and are fearful that people will find out what we are really like- they we are not as godly and spiritual as we would like people to think that we are. AW Tozer said that: “Christians don’t tell lies, they sing them.”

One of the most liberating truths of God’s grace and mercy is when we actually realise that the heading of this blog post is totally true: “I can’t do it and you can’t do it”. I think it’s when you accept this that you can actually make progress in your walk with God and live with freedom and joy.

This is the power of grace and mercy. Grace is when God gives us what we do not deserve (unmerited and unconditional favour) and mercy is when God does not give us what we do deserve (judgement and punishment).

The Apostle Paul understood this when he wrote in Galatians 2:20: “I no longer live but Christ lives in me.” In other words, I can’t do it but Christ can in me. Here is the truth: there is only one who can live the Christian life- that is Jesus Christ Himself- so let Him live His life in and through you because without him we can do nothing that bears fruit (see John 15:1-8).


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