Sunday, May 7, 2017

Believing for the Impossible

How do we determine what is possible and impossible?  

Usually we base our judgements about this on past experiences.  We tried that and it didn't work.  Other's tried that and it didn't work for them either.  We may base our judgements as to what is possible (or impossible) on probabilities, statistical data and research.  How did Jesus determine what was possible?

In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

In Matthew 9:23 Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”

In Mark 10:27 Jesus *said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

And in Mark 14:36 Jesus again said “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”
Jesus' perception of what was possible was firmly rooted in His Father.  He believed...He knew...that God was able to do all things.  

The second verse above is interesting because it gives a condition.  All things are possible, not only for God, but through God for all who believe.  
In the possibility equation, where does faith come in? 

Faith is the ability to see things that haven't yet happened as though they are now happening (Hebrews 11:1).  Faith is followed up by actions that demonstrate that faith to be real.  

So how are you doing in believing today that God could use you to start a disciple making movement?  Or even to lead one person to Christ?  Or even to help you open your mouth to share your testimony with someone who doesn't know the Lord?  

In Matt 9:24, the boy of a father whose son was sick says “I do believe; help my unbelief.” I love this!  I love this man's honesty and also his step of faith to declare that in spite of his struggle he was choosing to believe.  

Lets join him in our honest response to God today.  Refuse to let past experiences, your own weaknesses and failures, your fears and worries, or anything other than God's great power to do the impossible determine your faith for what God is able to do through you today.

Lord I believe!  Help my unbelief.  

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