The Lie of Impossible

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Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

One of the most challenging words to me has always been when someone says that it is impossible to be done. When I went into evangelism, I had a pastor tell me that I would never make it, which became a challenge to prove to him that he was not the one who had called me. When people said that I would never make it as a pastor, I determined that their cry of the impossible was the rallying cry of God and possible.

There has always been those who have thrown the lie of impossible at God’s people, and whether the impossible because possible was determined by what God’s people chose to believe. Pharaoh said that it was impossible for Israel to leave his grip; he was wrong, and God made it possible. Nebuchadnezzar said it was impossible to endure his fiery furnace; Nebuchadnezzar was wrong, and God delivered his children. It was science that said that it was impossible for Abraham and Sarah to have children; science was wrong, and God gave them a child in their old age. We could go on for pages to tell of the incidents in the Scriptures where man said it was impossible, but God made it possible.

Impossible is a big word. Impossible says that it is beyond the realm of possibility. Impossible says that it is out of the question. Impossible is simply the boundaries of man’s capabilities and the beginning of God’s omnipotence. The verse above says that “without faith it is impossible,” but that does not mean that it is not possible.

My friend, your attitude determines whether what you do for God is possible or impossible. If you don't believe it is possible, you are exactly right because your attitude has already determined it not to be possible. The “I can” in Philippians 4:13 is all about attitude. Unbelief is an attitude, but so is belief. Faith in God is a trust in God’s omnipotence that gives you the attitude that there is nothing impossible with God. As long as you carry the attitude that it is impossible, you will continue to surrender to Satan’s opposition instead of using the impossible as a challenge to show God’s omnipotence.

Moreover, your focus is what determines the possibility. A lack of faith is a focus on your abilities and not God’s power. Matthew 19:26 says, “…With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” You will notice that possible and impossible is a focus issue. When you focus on your abilities, you will see obstacles as impossible. When you focus on God, you will see everything as possible. If you want to change the impossible into possible, you are going to have to change your focus from man to God. Impossible is a lie because all things are possible with God’s help.

Furthermore, your faith dictates the limits to possibility. The determination as to what God can do through you is determined by the lines you draw with your faith. If you have faith, there is nothing you face that can stop you. Your faith in God is what turns the impossible into an opportunity and challenge for God to do something through you.

Let me ask you, what are you facing today that seems to be impossible? Don't let the impossible lie to you. Look at the power of God and determine that with His help you will find a way to turn the impossible into reality.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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