‘Impossible is nothing’ was a catchy slogan for a certain sportswear brand a few years ago. However, I do wonder if that is true or whether actually, impossible is more like everything!!!
Since September we have really seen a change in situations in the church. Where as it felt like we kept hitting STOP signs suddenly answers to prayers were opening up and things were being unlocked.
- Youth club opened and over 50 young people already on the books
- Alpha course began
- The flow of God’s Spirit moving amongst us in new ways
- Legacy came through
- New external room bookings
- Work restarted upstairs
- Huge savings made in costs of completing the work (over £65,000 and will continue to raise)
- And as I was remind recently by a visitor to the church, God has done an amazing and impossible things which was just a dream for many years and felt so beyond what was humanly possible. But, what is impossible for us, is possible for God and that is the focus of this blog.
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”— Mark 9:23
The word impossible occurs nine times in the New King James Version of the Bible, here it is the gospels.
- Matthew 17:20: “Nothing will be impossible.”
- Matthew 19:26: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
- Mark 10:27: “With men it is impossible, but not with God.”
- Luke 1:37: “With God nothing will be impossible.”
- Luke 18:27: “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
All of those verses show us how important it is to cast our impossibilities in God’s hands. Just as He parted the sea for Israel, reversed the events in Esther, raised Jesus from the dead, and converted Saul of Tarsus, God is capable of reversing our irreversible situations.
What Is Possible?
There are parts of the church that has adopted the slogan: “If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it!” If you can conceive of yourself as an astronaut or a star player in the Premier League, and believe it with all your heart, are you likely to achieve such a goal? However, although that might be impossible all my believing isn’t going to made it happen.
What’s good about the “name it and claim it” school of belief within the church is that it encourages us not to limit ourselves or God. What can be wrong with this approach is that it misapplies the words of Jesus. For example, Jesus’ words in Mark 9:23 is that “all things are possible for [God]” — these are the words Jesus spoke on the night of His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36). Jesus believed it was possible for Him not to go to the Cross, and He also believed it was possible for God to keep Him from that suffering. Yet He went to the Cross anyway.
Our beliefs and possibilities have to be in line with the will of God. That’s how Jesus lived His life and how He taught His disciples to live (John 5:30). When our lives are lived in obedience to God’s will, nothing is impossible. Dream of a different outcome but dream biblically!
What’s impossible in your life right now? What prayers for reversal are you praying that are in line with the will of God? Believe big! God is the God of the impossible!
Do join us this Friday or Saturday to find out more about how we are going to seek to continue to be in the flow of what God is doing amongst us ready for us to see more of the impossible being worked out in what God is leading us into as a church.