Monday, April 19, 2010

20 Cans of Success

The world knows that there is power in positive thinking. Countless books and infomercials are testimony to that concept. Yet as believers in Jesus Christ, we can move beyond that doorway and walk into the Truth of God's Word.

Below are twenty scriptures that emphasize what we can do in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. The following list was compiled by the author of Victory Over the Darkness, Neil Anderson. 

"Someone once said that success comes in "cans", and failure in "cannots". Believing that we can succeed at our Christian growth and maturity takes no more effort than believing that we cannot. So why not believe that we can walk in faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let's believe that we can resist the temptations of the world, and that we can grow into maturity as a Christian.

The following 20 Cans of Success, taken from God's Word, will expand your knowledge of our faith-object, the Almighty God."

Twenty Cans Of Success
By: Neil Anderson

1. Why should I say I can't when the Bible says, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)?

2. Why should I lack when I know that, God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)?

3. Why should I fear when the Bible says, God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)?

4. Why should I lack faith to fulfill my calling knowing that, God as allotted to me a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)?

5. Why should I be weak when the Bible says that, the Lord is the strength of my life and that I will display strength and take action because I know God (Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32)?

6. Why should I allow Satan supremacy over my life when, He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)?

7. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says that, God always leads me in triumph
(2 Corinthians 2:14)?

8. Why should I lack wisdom when, Christ became wisdom to me from God and God gives wisdom to me generously when I ask Him for it (1 Corinthians 1:30; James 1:5)?

9. Why should I be depressed when, I can recall to mind God's lovingkindness, compassion, and faithfulness and have hope (Lamentations 3:21-23)?

10. Why should I worry and fret when, I can cast all my anxiety on Christ who cares for me (1 Peter 5:7)?

11. Why should I ever be in bondage knowing that, there is liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is  (2 Corinthians 3:17)?

12. Why should I feel condemned when, the Bible says I am not condemned because I am in Christ (Romans 8:1)?

13. Why should I feel alone when, Jesus said He is with me always and He will never leave me nor forsake me (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)?

14. Why should I feel accursed or that I am the victim of bad luck when, the Bible says that Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law that I might receive His Spirit (Galatians 3:13-14)?

15. Why should I be discontented when I, like Paul, can learn to be content in all my circumstances (Philippians 4:11)?

16. Why should I feel worthless when, Christ became sin on my behalf that I might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21)?

17. Why should I have a persecution complex knowing that, nobody can be against me when God is for me (Romans 8:31)?

18. Why should I be confused when, God is the author of peace and He gives me knowledge through His indwelling Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:33; 2:12)?

19. Why should I feel like a failure when, I am a conqueror in all things through Christ (Romans 8:37)?

20. Why should I let the pressures of life bother me when, I can take courage knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and its tribulations (John 16:33)?

As you read these verses let God point out to you which ones He is speaking to you personally about. Look up the scripture and let Him fix it in your heart.

Click here to find the link so that you may copy them to keep personally. When I found these I was in deep depression, and reading these scriptures over and over gave me great confidence in God's Power and His great love for me. Even better to read them out loud, so that they go into our ears and our heart. I hope that you will find them equally as comforting.

My husband's mom is fighting a battle right now that is critical to her survival. About 4 weeks ago she made the long overdue decision with her sons, to have her husband of over 65 years placed in a facility for Alzheimer's patients. She is overwhelmed with grief and loneliness. We are stressing with her in deep compassion, to speak out the affirmative of God's Word. She is in a place where that is difficult for her to do. It grieves us, because we know the importance of giving each and every situation over to God. Our mindset and frame of reference can make all the difference in whether we can move forward in life, or if we give in, and succumb to the trials and emotions of whatever hurdles we face.

A while back I did a post on Praying God's Word, If you haven't read it, then you might like a little more in depth look on why this concept is such a blessing and help.

love, in Jesus,

quotes and concepts taken from
Victory Over the Darkness,
by Neil Anderson.


  1. Good Morning Debra. You have given me a lot to think about and mull over with this post. I'm looking forward to spending some time on this one.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend and will have a blessed week Sweetie.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

  2. Debra, I am on my way to the dentist and want to read the rest when I return, but I had to tell you that the Lord gave me the first verse to stand on today. I'm normally pretty fearful when I go to the dentist and he even prescribed a nerve med, but I have chosen not to take it because this is one fear that I must conquer. Please continue to pray for me today and I'll be back to read more. Thanks for the confirmation and listening to the Holy Spirit!

  3. Thanks Deborah for printing these awesome scriptures. I am praying for peace to reign during this time of transition for your in-laws.

  4. Hi Tracy, there really IS alot to think on! All good!
    Theresa, this is something I deal with also, doctor appointments, all of it. and I tend to put things off. I'm so glad God met you where you were today, and He always does. Hope things went well.
    And thank you so much Lisa, I so appreciate all your prayers, it really is a hard time, but God has really helped my husband in being able to help his mom.
    Thank you all,

  5. Wow Debra this is a wonderful message, I really enjoyed it, and going to print it out if that is okay, I would love to study this more, thank you and God bless you.
    Hugs my friend, Barbara

  6. Love this post Debra ~~ Speaking God's word out in prayer and over our life and daily circumstances is so important.
    Blessings, Ella

  7. Thank you so much, Debra, for this awesome post! God is so good to give us "valleys" because it forces us to dig deeper into His Word and seek who He really is! The past 2 years were quite difficult years being in the fire...testing that forced me to my knees for extended time. But I appreciate that to seek His face at a deeper level.

    My mother now has Alzheimer and is in a nursing is a very difficult process to watch one you love so much to go through that lonely, dark journey.
    Blessings, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

  8. I enjoyed your blog! great insights!
    100 ways to love others!
    God Bless, Bob

  9. Thanks Debra! The first verse is the first that I memorized after giving my life to Christ.

  10. Amen! I saw Joyce Meyer talk about the "cans" of life also. Great post. Blessings.

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't tell you how much I needed this today. I have been feeling SO overwhelmed lately and needed this reminder!

    ~ ~


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