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May 13, 2013
Doing The Impossible

Jesus said, "With God, all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

This principle can -- and should -- be the driving force behind everything we do; certainly behind every effort we make in bringing the gospel to our world. It's not enough to play it safe, reaching only for goals within our grasp. We should attempt things so great for God’s glory, that unless He intervenes, we will certainly fail.

Think about that statement. We should attempt things so great for God, that without His intervention, we will certainly fail. If we followed that advice, it would unquestionably make us conscious of whose power was at work. And when there was success, we would certainly know where the glory belonged.

Look at the challenges you face today. Are they related to your health, your relationships, your finances, your job? What challenge do you face in ministering to others? Have you attempted great things in order to share God’s love? Impossible things are all around us – things that are absolutely beyond our power or grasp.

As I write this, I am considering the ministry in which Faith For Today is engaged. For decades, we have reached out to our world through television programs and film productions that present Jesus. More recently, we have added marriage seminars, concerts, and a variety of other programs. But looking to the future, I see many daunting changes and challenges that we will face, and I realize that, regardless of the challenge, our mission and mandate remains the same: Reach the world with the gospel. Impact every home in North America with our programs.

Many would say that such a thing is impossible. After all, this is a small ministry with a small budget. It is impossible to think that we can offer a form of evangelism that might challenge the thinking of secular-minded people and open their hearts to a Savior. It is impossible to think that our programs could be in every home. But is it really impossible?

Jesus said, "With God, all things are possible." We need to remember what this promise does and doesn't imply:

First, it doesn't imply that all things are easy. Accomplishing the impossible typically takes extended effort.

Second, it doesn't imply that all things are immediate. Reaching worthwhile goals requires a long-term investment of time.

Third, it doesn't imply that all things will be painless. Personal sacrifice is part of the process.

It may not be easy, immediate, or painless, but for those willing to step out in faith, for those bold enough to offer themselves in service and then trust God to do the impossible, the reward will always be greater than the investment.

As Paul said, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Don’t be afraid to launch into your “impossible” venture for God. I’m planning to move fearlessly into mine, because God has promised to do immeasurably more than we can even imagine. Let’s make each venture so great that, when it happens, we’ll know without a doubt it was God’s presence and power that brought it to pass.

With Love,
Mike

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