Impossible? Only If You Believe It Is
Mark 11:22-24, “And Jesus answered saying to them, ‘Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.’ ”
Over the years God has spoken to me through some really strange mediums. Now, before you send me a message, let me clarify a few points. God speaks to us primarily through His Word, His Spirit, and His Son. The Bible sets the parameters for hearing the voice of God. Just because you “think” you heard from God does not necessarily mean that it was Him. If it is contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture, it is not Him. Having said that, I am not one to limit the various and sundry ways in which He chooses to speak. Just look at the Bible. God spoke through visions. God spoke through dreams. He spoke through a man who lived in the desert, wore a robe made out of camel’s hair, and ate locusts. God speaks through creation. God speaks to us in our pain and disappointment. And on one occassion God even spoke through a donkey. He created everything. He is sovereign over everything. If He wants to speak, He has the ability to do just that…regardless of the mechanism.
This past week God spoke to me while I was watching the Disney movie, “Alice In Wonderland.” Not the classic, animated version but the more recent one starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. So, here I am, watching the movie, having a good time, when all of sudden God interrupts everything. Alice and the Hatter are having a conversation about halfway through the movie when the Holy Spirit began tapping me on the heart.
Alice Kingsley: “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
The Mad Hatter: “That is an excellent practice.”
God asked me one question. Simple. Yet deeply personal. “Are you believing for the impossible in your life?” Far too often I become complacent and comfortable in my faith. I accept so many situations. I learn to survive. I learn to cope. I learn to get by. At some point along the way I lose sight of the glorious truth that with God nothing is impossible. I serve a God who has declared that nothing is too difficult for Him. He delights in giving good things to His children. He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that I ask or think. His promise is that if I ask, it will be given to me. Believe, and I will receive. So, why am I so hesitant to believe for the impossible?
So, for now I have begun believing for at least six impossible things before breakfast each day. They have literally become a matter of prayer. Personally, I am tired of settling for less than God’s best. He longs to bless us. He rejoices in giving to His children. I for one am going to stop limiting God with my prayerlessness and start believing Him for the impossible. In faith I am longing for a life that is abundant, a life that is filled with more of Him, a life that is truly a wonderland. I imagine what some of you are thinking right now. Your first thought could be summed up in one word, “Impossible. Not for me. Not given my need, my pain, my circumstances.” I hear you. We all need to memorize Mark 11:22-24. Jesus said, “…all things….” That’s His promise. Not mine. So, if you find yourself, like me, struggling to believe God for the impossible, take one more word of advice from Alice and the Hatter…
Alice Kingsley: “This is impossible.”
The Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is.”
Luke 1:37, “For NOTHING will be impossible with God.”