July 11th Points to Ponder

God Making the Impossible Possible

Impossible Problem – the question we ask is: HOW?

Romans 4:18 “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Gen. 17:15-22; 18:1-15; 21:1-6

What are some of the impossible situations you have to deal with?

Do we believe it is possible to face the hard facts without weakening our faith? Denial will not protect us from discouragement.

Facing the truth with and in the Truth is liberating. John 14:5 – 6

Facing facts with faith in God is being able to look at them, no matter how overwhelming they may be, and being able to deal with them head-on, because we know God is with us and will help.

Romans 4:19; Hebrews 11:11 – 12

Faith Statement: Expect God to come through without knowing how.

Believing the impossible at times takes a little (or a lot) of tweaking of our attitude, our faith. Matthew 19:25 – 26

Abraham and Sarah had their doubts: Genesis 17:17; Genesis 18:12

What are some of the difficult trials you are/have dealt with?

God wants us to base our lives on His promises; not on our limitations. Face the facts, then ask God for help.

The Impossible – Possible

Genesis 21:1 – 3 “Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.”

The ultimate trial: WHY?

Mark 5:22 – 24 “The leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, came and fell down before him, pleading with him to heal his little daughter.

“She is at the point of death,” he said in desperation. “Please come and place your hands on her and make her live.” Jesus went with him, and the crowd thronged behind.”

35, 36 “While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

It’s okay to ask why, but don’t get caught up in the WHY - Ask God for help.

Nearly every step of faith requires putting aside our internal judgements. A judgmental mind shuts us out from many blessings. If we stand on our pride, we fall from grace.

There is nothing wrong with asking these questions: When? Where? How? Why? Everyone does. Can we trust God's purpose without knowing/having all the answers? The test is not answering the question, but rather, in how we respond when the answer doesn't come immediately.

Faith is believing without seeing... without fully understanding everything... without having all our questions answered. Faith is based on trust. Trust is based on knowing, not the answers - but knowing God - personally.

Lord, make my faith firm. Help me to grow in it. Give me assurance, conviction and hope. Help me to trust, even when I cannot see. Help me to trust in Your plan for my life, even when I don’t understand it. Help me to stay faithful in my moments of doubt. Give me joy in my moments of strong faith, so that I may stay faithful even in my moments of weakness, clinging to that joy and that hope found only in You. Amen.

2 Corinthians 1:3 – 4