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What is Impossible

All the things that are impossible are actually possible.

Let me explain.

With God, anything can happen.  Thus, we should expect God to do impossible things in our lives.  He is always doing the impossible in my life and in the lives of believers all around me, and he has been doing so all throughout human history.

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.” – Jesus (Luke 18:27)

I have always tried tying my identity and worth to my “work” – whether an actual paid job or simply tasks I accomplished or ways I helped other people.  Anyone in any kind of emotional pain or crisis would be a magnet for me whom I would bend over backward for in order to try to “rescue”. I was the incarnation of co-dependency.

Not so anymore! This fact alone proves that God does impossible things!

I know God has changed me because I have been in a position of powerful influence in the lives of some teens going through crisis this week, and I have not responded in panic or despair. Rather, I have reached a point of asking God in each scenario, “What role do you want me to play in this? Show me what to do, what not to do, how to help, how much to help, how much to separate myself. Give me the right words to say, and tell me when I’m about to say something that you don’t want me to.”

God has given me specific guidance in each unique circumstance, and because of following his lead rather than mine, he has used me very powerfully this week.  Impossible things are happening more and more because I am practicing two things: 1) Trust God 100%, and 2) Obey God 100%.

He is the one who created everything and sustains it, so I can safely assume that he is big enough to help me in all things and in all ways. Since he does not need me, this takes the pressure off of me to “save” any people in crisis. Rather, my role is only to listen to what God is telling me to do and just do that only.  Nothing else.  This is good practice for me and is helping me to grow my Faith muscle.

God has created me uniquely, with unique abilities and gifts, for the purpose of bringing glory to him and being a blessing to the world around me. Hopefully many, many people will come to know Christ through my testimony and witness. God does not need me, but since he created me on purpose for a specific task, I will be greatly missing out if I do not obey him and accomplish whatever he has prepared for me to accomplish.

I don’t know all my future. I have plans, which I hold in open palms so that God may remove them at any time, but I am living in a new kind of purposeful way which is not centered around plans so much as it is centered around faith.  My daily mission is to be in prayer, be in the word, listen to whatever God says, and do whatever he tells me to do.  If I can be consistent in those four things, I will be living my life purposefully and fruitfully because God will be doing everything that he wants to do in me and through me.

I am very shocked when God gives tasks to me which I am not able to do.  Instead of panicking though, I remember that he gives impossible jobs to me because he wants to get the glory.  He commands me to do things I cannot even do, because I am then forced to rely on his power and his presence to accomplish it.  This removes all fear from me and questions of “How is this even going to happen?” and instead gives me excitement and joy as I look forward to what each day will bring, with God at work in me and all around me everywhere.

I am not worthy of the attention of a holy God.  Sometimes I feel insecure and wonder if God understands who he chose to be in his kingdom. I wonder if he really knows how inadequate I am. But he does. He does know and he did choose me, because with him all things are possible and he has throughout history always chosen sinful, inadequate people to be in his kingdom and be made into holy new creations through whom he powerfully is at work.

The apostle Paul mentions this power working in us in his letter to the church in Ephesus so long ago.  God was the same powerful, loving God with the apostle Paul that he was with Moses and Abraham so many generations prior and that he still is now so many generations afterward, and that he always will be forever.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  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 glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:16-21

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