Facing Impossibilities With Faith

I love Romans 4. I turn to it each time I face an impossibility. Why? Abraham’s example instructs my heart. God had promised him that he would have a son with Sarah. Genesis 18:10 says, “…I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

Their hearts challenged that promise as time continued and no child. Remember Ishmael. Yet this is what God said. Romans 4:19 says, “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body (since he was about a hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.” The word consider means to ponder and think about. This is where we often fall into error.

Dialoguing about our impossibilities in our mind fortifies them. We roll the whole situation around in our mind until it takes all our focus. Abraham resisted that temptation. Romans 4:20 Amplified says, “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith AS he gave praise and glory to God.”

What was the basis of Abraham’s faith? Verse 21 says, “And being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” This is where faith meets doubt and overturns it. We have to focus on God and not our impossibility. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all…” How does He work this? The verse goes on to say, “…according to the power that works in us.”

What is that great power? It is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead. His resurrection power dwells within us! Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “…the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead…”

Since God did raise Jesus from the dead, He is able to take us through anything that seems an impossibility to us. His divine power dwells within us. Romans 8:11 says, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” What a promise!

Circumstances that seem impossible to us, are divinely orchestrated opportunities for the Lord to reveal Himself to us in a way we have not seen Him before. Think back on your former trials. How did the Lord take you through? He magnified His character that thrilled your inner being, and caused praise to burst out of your heart. He is always ready to do it again, and again. He does not operate through our past victories. He takes us into new victories.

What impossibility do you face right now? Fortify your heart through the truths of His word. What did the Angel say to Mary? Luke 1:37 says, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” This is God’s commendation. Verse 45 says, “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of things which were told her from the Lord.” God’s word is true. Mark 11:22 says, “…have faith in God.” He is Faithful. 

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