What’s the difference between “I can’t” and “I won’t?”

Why do we sometimes say “I can’t” do something when we really could if we put out more effort?

PJ said, successful people don’t say “I can’t” they say “How can I?”  How are these attitudes different?

Do you have any areas of life you tend to give up easily?

The Bible

Romans 8:35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

  •  When you think of troubles and hardships in your life. What are some challenges that you regularly face?
  • Why is it important to remember the love of Christ when we face challenges?


Romans 8:37 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

PJ said if you want to be a conqueror, you have to have an “I can” attitude.  Why is our attitude toward challenges so important?


Phil 4:11-13 – I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.


What does it mean to be “content” when you are facing a challenge?

What circumstances are hard for you to be content in?

This passage tells us that the reason we can say “I can” instead of “I can’t” is because of Christ.  What is the danger of believing that overcoming every challenge is only up to you?

When you are facing your next challenge how can you practically get strength from Christ?