“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”
According to biblical scholars Jeremiah was around 21 years old when he heard his divine assignment from the Lord, to share the coming wrath on Judah. Although Jeremiah audibly heard the Lord, he immediately unqualified himself responding back to God that he was too young and could not speak.
How many times as believers has God provided instruction yet the mind immediately begins to think of all the reasons the instructions cannot be completed? It’s as if the flesh does not give the mind time to process the instructions before disqualifying the very thing God called one to do.
The Lord’s plans are perfect however it is by human will and choice to be obedient to follow the plans out. Many people are misusing God given tools and resources for purposes they were never created for. In English literature, this is plagiarism. They think they are getting ahead with their own plans but in reality it is pushing them away from their divine calling.
"There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand."
Spiritual mind renewal is crucial for the walk of a believer as the decision to pursue plans of the Lord have to be solidified daily without question. The mind may attempt to wander into self-assassination but one must pull it back into position to be effective for the kingdom of God.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
We take comfort in God’s plans as He knew us before being placed into our mothers’ wombs. We were apart of His plan when He set the foundations of the Earth. As such, we don’t have to run the rat race of the world aimlessly figuring our way through life. Submission to God who provides the plans, resources and tools needed to complete our assignment is the sole requirement.
Applicable Steps To Push Past “I Cant”
1. Change Your Language
If a negative thought crosses your mind, think the opposite. Power of life and death is in the power of the tongue. The more you accept and speak life the easier one's walk becomes.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
2 Corinthians 10:5
2. Remove Fear & People Pleasing
Fear has no place for the believer. Stand confidently knowing God is always with you. Leave certain groups of people, permanently or temporarily, to ensure influence toward the will of God and not people’s plans for you.
“Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.”
‘Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
3. Promotion Comes from the Lord
The world rat race is no match for the plans of the Lord. As the plans are set, all one must do is walk them out keeping eyes fixated on the Lord. In due time sustainable promotion, influence and followers will come.
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
Psalms 75:6-7 KJV
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”