IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES
TOPIC: THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES WITH CHRIST AND IN CHRIST
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Faith makes all things possible. Yet, man struggles with believing this is possible. We live amongst others who have suffered disappointments and may have grown bitter as a result. But, Jesus tells us “if” we believe, all things are possible. Believers must recognize this means all things are possible through Christ – not that all things are possible through the believer himself. Once we understand that God is capable of doing all things, we may have peace. Knowing all things are possible through God is sometimes all we need to face our struggles and overcome.
THE possession of a God, or the non-possession of a God, makes the greatest possible difference between man and man. Esau is a princely being, but he is “a profane person.” Jacob is a weak, fallible, frail creature, but he has a God. Have you not heard of “the mighty God of Jacob”? There are many wise, careful, prudent men of the world who have no God and, truly, these in the highest sense, like the young lions, lack and suffer hunger, for their highest nature is left to famish. Those who wait upon the Lord are often very simple and devoid of ability and policy, but they shall not lack any good thing—their highest nature is well supplied from heavenly sources. This is the great difference between the two races which people the world—I mean the sons of men who say in their hearts, “No God,” and the sons of God, the twice-born, who have received new life and, therefore, with heart and flesh cry out for God, even the living God!
The child of this world enquires, “Where shall I flee from His Presence?” The child of Light cries, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You.”
“All things are possible to him that believes.'”
I MUST take your minds back to the scene in the midst of which Christ uttered these memorable words. Christ had been upon the mountaintop, transfigured in the presence of His three disciples. During His absence the disciples remaining had been put to a nonplus. They found themselves, for lack of faith, unable to work a miracle. And the Pharisees triumphed. Christ came down just at the very moment and turned the scale.
We find a parallel case in the story of Moses, when with his servant, Joshua, he went up to the mountain and beheld the glory of the Lord. While he and Joshua were absent, evil lifted up its head, and those who would walk by sight prevailed over the poor weak faith of Aaron, so that he made for them a golden calf. And lo, as Moses returned, he saw the people given up to the worship of this image which they could see with their eyes and handle with their hands. Faith had left the field routed, because the champion was not there, and sinful sight was for the moment triumphant.
Moses dashes boldly into the midst of the people and instantly they are put to confusion. Some tremble and the most brazen of them are made to hang their heads. He lays hold upon their molten calf, grinds it to powder and makes them drink it.
Now, our Lord with his Joshuas—Peter, James, and John, the three elect out of the elect—had been on the mountain of transfiguration. The rest, like Aaron, found themselves attacked by those who would have signs and wonders. And being unable to furnish these signs and wonders for lack of faith, the Pharisees pushed their advantage, and the hosts of God seemed to fly before them. But suddenly, like a great King, Christ stands in their midst. The Pharisees are abashed. A miracle is performed. Faith triumphs, and the doubters are shamed.
It is as if some mighty general who, having been absent from the field of battle, finds that his lieutenants have rashly engaged in action, and have been defeated. The left wing is broken, the right has fled, and the center begins to fail. He lifts his standard in the midst of his troops and bids them rally around him. They gather. They dash upon the all but triumphant enemy, and soon they turn the balance of victory, and make the late victors turn their ignominious backs to flight.
Brethren, here is a lesson at the very outset. What we need for conquest is the shout of a king in the midst of us. The presence of Christ is victory to His Church—the absence of the Lord Jesus entails disgraceful defeat. O armies of the living God, count not your numbers! Rely not upon your strength. Reckon not upon the ability of your ministers. Trust not in human might. Nor on the other hand be dismayed because you are few, nor tremble because you are feeble. If He is with you, more are they that are for you than they that are against you.
If Christ is in your midst, there are horses of fire and chariots of fire round about you—
“When He makes bare His arm, Who can His cause withstand? When He, His people’s cause defends, Who? Who shall stay His hands?
When you hear the words “all things are possible” what comes to mind.
Are you filled with hope and is your faith stirred when you hear those words…or do you think it’s just wishful thinking to believe “all things are possible?”
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
WITH GOD all things are possible’, that’s the promise Jesus is giving us today, anybody listening?
The ‘all things’ is limited to only those items that can be believed. Jesus is saying, “If you can believe it, then it is possible.” The limitation is on our believing. Over-and-over again, the Gospels communicate a simple concept – ‘There are no limitations with God, and the limitations that man received in the Great Fall are neutralized by his faith in God.’ In effect, faith in the ‘God of no limitations’ takes away the limitations of man. This is not elevating man, it is elevating the blessing of God upon man. The source of the power is not man but rather faith in God – “If you can believe it, it will happen.” God is saying, “I have no limitations, if you can believe in me, I can do it.” That is what is meant by walking in God’s authority. Authority is the authorized use of someone else’s power. In this case, it is us walking in God’s power
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places”
Ephesians 1:19- 20
So, for man, ‘all things’ equals – God’s promises that are believed. The difficulty then is not with God, but it is with us, our getting to a place of faith. Faith is the God sanctioned ability for man to trust what God can and will do. It is trusting His faithfulness and His character.
As you try to break free from things that have held you captive, remember — “With God all things are possible.”
God is omnipotent, He is unlimited in what He can do. So don’t limit God. He has unlimited power and the willingness to use it to help you. No matter how frightening your personal “Red Sea” appears to you, remember that you serve an all-powerful God who loves you and is willing to intervene mightily on your behalf.
“Ah, Lord God! Behold! You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You”
Everything is possible with God. He is able to overthrow all the opposition against you.
Are you dragged down by declining hopes, diminished faith, even the death of a personal vision for your life?
•• Remember, Jesus literally raised the dead!
• All things are possible with God.
Are you facing some fiery trial or persecution?
•• Remember how God delivered the three young friends of Daniel from Babylon’s fiery furnace.
No matter how great an obstacle you are facing, remember: Nothing is impossible for God.
“With man this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible.”
Dear God, when we are struggling with believing you will answer our prayers, help us to remember that you are capable of all things. Help us to place our trust in your promises and to believe that you know what we need and when we need it. Do not allow me to place faith in myself or anyone else but you, O Lord. Jesus, you are all we need. Give us peace knowing you have a plan for our lives. May our belief in you and your endless possibilities draw others to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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