November 4, 2016
You Really Can Do It With God
While He was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!’ (Matthew 17:5)
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It looked like an impossible task - a no way, no how kind of thing. I had no time, waning skills and hardly a resource to actually make it happen.
After all, I am not a star candidate. My follow-through record is usually pretty poor, my attitude often defeated and my belief in myself is hardly at mountaintop levels. How could I actually follow through on what I knew God wanted me to do?
Everything in me wanted to tell God to check the earth for another holy roller and remind Him that He had picked the wrong gal.
And, I nearly did.
I would have if it wasn’t for the other “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) I couldn’t seem to shake (despite my best efforts) to ignore. The one that whispered, “With me, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). You can’t, but I can. Where there is my will, there is a way.”
His Word broke through my hard exterior, to speak life to my interior, asking: Will you choose to believe that I can do exceedingly abundantly more than you can ask, think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20) or will you believe I can’t?
When God hits you like that, you start realizing there isn’t much middle ground. You start realizing that He either is great and mighty like you confess in church, or He isn’t. You start realizing the job is far less about you and far more about what He can do.
You start moving toward belief, real belief, the kind of belief that works out incredible, hopeful and wild-things. The type of faith Jesus says moves mountains, even in when administered in the smallest doses.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20
What mountain before you seems impossible to shake, quake or break? What do you stand hard-pressed against? What hurts to be near?
Have you considered with your small words of “God can,” He will? He will do something life changing, effective and significant. Why? Because He promises.
Will it look exactly as you think? Probably not.
Will it look better than you can think or imagine? Yes.
Will it always be according to your timeline? Hardly.
Could it be something you have to witness, one day, from the safety of heaven? Possibly.
But, our God will do what He says he will do.
Tell your mountain to move.
Ask it again.
Believe it again.
Ask it again.
Believe it again.
Do not grow weary, worn or restless.
God is working for you, loving you and leading you.
Take heart, He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
He can overcome everything and anything that is coming against you.
Dear Lord, let me believe in You. Let me not believe in what I have seen or witnessed, but let me believe in Your ability to do amazing that stretches beyond the small confines of my comprehension. I want to walk in greater faith, with greater vision and greater potential to trust You. Will You help me? I know I can’t do it without You. God, help me to do what You want me to do and to not limit Your great strength that helps me.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Remember. Remember one time in your life where God made the impossible – possible. Thank Him for it. Praise Him for His ability to do things beyond earth’s understanding. Keep a running journal of all the ways He does miraculous and mighty. Let your heart sit in praise again and again.
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Originally published Friday, 04 November 2016.