Mat 17:20 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
The word to focus on here is ‘if.’
God’s love is without contingencies. He loves you no matter what, but His promises have theses ‘if’s’ in them. It depends on you for God to do some things.
Why do you think God’s love is unconditional, but His promises have conditions?
The disciples were unable to do some things because of their lack of faith. Yet, God’s Word says, ‘Nothing shall be impossible to you.’
Luke 18:27 “And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Everything in life in the natural world will challenge your faith. The very first thing to go in your faith is the ability to believe that God can do the impossible. What remains is if God did it before, He can do it again, but what about what’s never been done before?
Kids have that kind of faith, they don’t know to doubt. My daughter had faith that I could fix a popped balloon.
One day, I got so upset by a work situation, I said, ‘I can’t do it.’ My daughter slapped me on the leg (she was about four at the time) and said, ‘Yes, you can. You’re my daddy.’ God worked through her that day.
How is your faith? Do you believe God can do the impossible? Do you believe He will? For you?
God specializes in impossibilities.
Abraham was a very old man. God went to somebody who was childless and did the impossible. Abraham had to obey. He had to have confidence and faith in God’s Word. His faith was challenged and he passed the test.
You have a mission: Keep your faith in the midst of all the impossibilities when they show up.
God loves it when He hears doubters say, ‘It’s impossible.’ It bothers Him to hear people who call themselves Christians say that. People who aren’t and say that He shows His glory.
Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. Yet, when He got there, Lazarus’s sisters said, ‘If you’d have been here, he wouldn’t have died.’ They had faith for healing, but not resurrection. He groaned at their doubt.
‘If you have faith…’ It doesn’t have to be much, even the size of a tiny mustard seed. It’s impossible to move a mountain with your voice. That takes faith.
‘Jesus wept.’ The reason for that was because of people’s doubt. He wasn’t concerned about Lazarus’s death. He was looking at a crowd of people with no faith. It’s the only place in Scripture where He prayed for healing. He was flowing in the gifts. He prayed because of their doubt so they would know that He came from God.
What promises from God do you doubt? In what situations do you struggle in your faith? What do you fear?
The impossibilities in your life cause you to lose hope and faith and your mission. Right at the beginning of revival are crazy hindrances, impossibilities. Is your faith capable of enduring?
There’s another side of faith, a dark side of faith.
Hebrews 11 is about faith.
Heb 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.”
‘But without faith it is impossible to please him…’
We love to sing Jehovah Jireh, God, my provider. We don’t love the part that came before where God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. How can you be a nation of many people if your son is dead? God specializes in impossibilities. Abraham trusted God and offered his son. (God stopped him and provided a ram instead.)
God specializes in impossibilities.
It’s impossible for God to lie. Why? When God uses His voice, it is creative, there’s power, it’s done. Even if it wasn’t true before, after God speaks, it is true.
If God says, ‘There will…’ It will happen—just because He said it. If God said it, buckle your seat belt, your faith will be tested, but it will happen.
What impossible thing do you want to happen? Is it God’s will? If so, will you trust that He will make it happen no matter how dark things look today?
Gideon had an impossible situation. He led an army of around 300 against a hundred thousand. Kinda crazy. Yet, Gideon won.
Heb 11:36-38 “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”
They didn’t see the happy side of faith in this life. That’s the other side of faith, the dark side of faith, the challenges.
When God told Abraham that he and Sarah were going to have a child in the next year (they were really old by then, 90 and 100), they laughed. In fact, they named that child Isaac which means laughter.
You can go through stuff and still believe. Keep the faith. No matter what gets thrown at you, keep the faith. God will keep His eye on you.
What is being thrown at you today? What challenges to your dreams are you facing? Will you choose to keep the faith no matter what?
Heb 11:39 “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:”
Joseph had a dream. He dreamed that God would elevate him to a place where everyone would bow down to him. Even in slavery and prison, he held onto his dream. He believed God and trusted Him in spite of his circumstances. He trusted God that what was happening then was only temporary. It was all a test of faith.
Heb 11:40 “God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
The theme of faith doesn’t end at verse 40.
Heb 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Hebrews 12 is still talking about faith. It’s us who makes their faith perfect.
Jesus denied all the shame.
Heb 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus endured the dark side of faith with joy!
Keep the faith, knowing that you will see Jesus someday!
The impossibilities that come against you, you can endure because one day your mission will be complete and you will see Jesus. Of course, things will bother you but keep the faith anyway.
Job kept his faith. He never cursed God, but he cursed everything else, including the day he was born. He thought God hated him. Finally, God asked Job some questions. Who made the earth? Who causes the sun to rise and the sun to set? It’s all God. You can’t do that. God does it every single day.
When God gives you a dream or a hope or a promise, if you can endure with faith, the mission impossible will come to pass. God specializes in impossibilities.
When God says, ‘I’m going to make of you a great nation, just bring your son to the altar,’ what is your response?
We don’t earn our way to heaven, but there are things that are required in order to activate God’s promises. Ask in order to receive. You won’t receive if you don’t ask. ’If my people which are called by my name…’ God will do His part if you do yours.
What price tag has He shown you for your promise and are you willing to pay it?
Nameless others suffered so we could have our promise. Joy was in them because faith has a way of doing that. When the dark side shows up and your dreams are all but gone, keep the faith.
It’s hard to sing when there’s such heartache. Yet, when the promises are fulfilled, it’s as if it’s all a dream. The old wept and the young rejoiced. There was so much excitement. They endured captivity. When you keep your faith, you can have your Hebrews 11.
If you keep the faith, God will do something great for you and through you. I challenge to dream and pray bigger prayers and hold on when it looks dark. Faith! It’s the least you can do, but when you do, that’s when God does the impossible.
When you feel like you’re being flushed down the toilet, hold onto faith! The trials of life and the tests you go through are like trying gold.
This is the trial of faith. The more you dream, the bigger your trial will be.
What is God challenging you to believe? Will you hold on in spite of the trial?
A secular man said, ‘Write down your dream and then make it happen in five years.’ Walt Disney was good at dreaming. He met with a group of people and asked them to vote as to whether or not it was possible. If everybody thought it was possible, he’d throw out the idea, it was too small.
Not every dream you’ve ever dreamt of is God’s will. However, it is not God’s will that any perish. If your dreams are in alignment with His will, Your challenge is to keep the faith in the face of the impossible. Let your faith be fused to that dream and fight for it. Lay hold onto eternal life and don’t let it go! Things may look ugly but keep the faith.
When you’re on your back, there’s no place else to look but up!
With God, all things are possible with only a little mustard seed of faith. Let that little faith spread like a germ and infect you and everyone around you.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Don’t let fear stop you! Let boldness spur you on! Believe for greater things!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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