Saturday, December 24, 2016
“NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!”
Dearly Beloved, “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!” “Nothing is impossible for God!” (Luke 1:37 CEV). One of the eternal truths in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ is the fact that nothing is impossible for God or there is nothing that God cannot do, except those things that He chooses not to do. The Virgin Mary naturally found it difficult to believe the announcement of Angel Gabriel that she would give birth to a son while she was still a virgin. She questioned the angel how that could be. The angel told her that that would be the work of the Holy Spirit that would come down to her and the power of God that would come over her. To substantiate this seemingly impossibility that would soon become possibility, the angel referred to Elizabeth, an old woman that people (including her husband) had thought could no longer be pregnant, that she was at that time six months pregnant. The angel then emphatically concluded his prophecy by saying, “Nothing is impossible for God!” (Luke 1: 37 CEV). Mary believed the angel and claimed the prophecy. The rest is history. It is easy to accept God as God of possibilities because He naturally does that every day. However, it is difficult to see Him as God of impossibilities because we hardly take note of His actions of turning impossibilities to possibilities. Many Bible verses attest to the fact that God can do anything. Consider these: “The Lord answered, ‘I can do anything! Watch and you’ll see my words come true’” (Numbers 11:23 CEV). “When the poor and needy are dying of thirst and cannot find water, I, the Lord God of Israel, will come to their rescue. I won’t forget them. I will make rivers flow on mountain peaks. I will send streams to fill the valleys. Dry and barren land will flow with springs and become a lake. I will fill the desert with all kinds of trees — cedars, acacias, and myrtles; olive and cypress trees; fir trees and pines. Everyone will see this and know that I, the holy Lord God of Israel, created it all” (Isaiah 41:17-20 CEV). “Lord God, you stretched out your mighty arm and made the sky and the earth. You can do anything” (Jeremiah 32:17 CEV). “There are some things that people cannot do, but God can do anything” (Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27 CEV). “I pray that Christ Jesus and the church will forever bring praise to God. His power at work in us can do far more than we dare ask or imagine. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21 CEV). Apart from these and many other attestations in the Bible and the instances of the Virgin Mary and the old Elizabeth where God demonstrated that nothing is impossible for Him, there were many instances in the Bible. The story of Abraham and Sarah that gave birth to Isaac in their old age affirmed the fact that nothing is impossible for God (see Genesis 17, 18, 21). When Simon Peter saw Jesus Christ walking on the water, he could not believe it. However, he asked that he also should do likewise. He did, though he started sinking when he lost focus, but Jesus Christ rescued him (see Matthew 14:22-32). Nothing is indeed impossible for God! The implications of these are that if you want God to demonstrate His power over impossibilities in your life, then be ready to do these things: submit yourself to God; have faith in God; be ready for trials of your faith; take initiative; be ready to learn from God and events around you; and finally experience God doing the impossible! As this year is running to an end and as you are about to begin another year, what are the seemingly impossibilities in your life? Believe that nothing is impossible for God and you will experience the glory of God (cf. John 11:40). I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (2017) in advance. In His service, Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor). Prayer Point: O Lord, do the impossible in my life before the end of this year! NB If you want to learn more about doing the impossible and experience the God of impossibilities, send an email request to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a message by me titled “DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE”. Thanks.