Imagine a little 2 year-old boy trying to tie his shoes. It is impossible! Dad comes along and ties the shoes for his son. It is possible.
Open your Bible to Mark 10:17-27 and read the account of the rich young man who wanted to inherit eternal life. It was impossible. Then read John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It is possible.
Mark 10:27 says, “With man this is impossible but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Matthew 19:26 makes the same statement.
In Luke 1:26-38, an angel told Mary she would have a son. Impossible – Mary was not yet married. However, Gabriel explained this would be possible when the Holy Spirit came upon her. Luke 1:37 NLT says, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Similar statements are found in the Old Testament. In Genesis 18:24, the question “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” is asked concerning Sarah’s ability to have a child. It seemed impossible because of Abraham’s and Sarah’s ages. However, it was possible because God was in control.
Jeremiah begins his prayer in Jeremiah 32:17 NASB proclaiming, “Ah, LORD God, Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You.”
With man, impossible. With God, possible.
“Possible” is defined as able to be done. If something is possible, it means there is the power or capacity for it to be accomplished. If something is possible, it is attainable or achievable. When the prefix “im” is added to possible, the meaning completely changes. Now it means something cannot be done or achieved.
I want to have some fun with the word “impossible” and make a spiritual application. Instead of thinking of “im” as a prefix meaning “not”, I am reminded of the contraction “I’m” for “I am”. Taking it one spiritual step further, I think of the name for God as I AM. In Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” The impossible becomes possible when God, the great I AM, is involved!
Since it is impossible with men and only possible with God, where are we? Are we left in the realm of impossibilities? Definitely not!
Jesus says in John 14:16, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever.” Just as the little boy’s father helped his son tie his shoes, Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit as our Helper. The Holy Spirit helps us do what is impossible in our own strength.
Paul shares about pleading to have his thorn in his flesh removed in II Corinthians 12:8-10. “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” What Paul thought was impossible to endure became possible when the Lord helped.
Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” The limitations of our minds can make it impossible for us to know how to pray. However, the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf. Once again, the impossible becomes possible.
God helped Moses, Isaiah and Paul comprehend how the impossible could become possible. Moses declares in Exodus 15:2 NLT, “The LORD is my strength and my song; He has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise Him–my father’s God, and I will exalt Him!” The Lord says in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Paul proclaims in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Now for a personal application. I Chronicles 16:11declares, “Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.” Then, II Chronicles 20:15 reminds me that “the battle is not mine, but God’s.” If the battle were mine, I would probably lose. However, when the battle is the Lord’s, it is possible to win. He will help me achieve victory over any area where I struggle. Nothing is impossible for God!
Since what seems impossible to us is not impossible with God, let us ask Romans 8:31. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” No one! Romans 8:37 tells us, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Being conquerors, implies possibilities rather than impossibilities. I want to echo the words of Paul in Ephesians 3:20 NLT, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Listen to Joshua 1:9. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Declare the words Job spoke to the Lord in Job 42:2 NLT, “I know that You can do anything, and no one can stop You.” There is nothing impossible for God. Invite God, the great I AM, into your impossible situations.
How can we move from the realm of impossibilities to the realm of possibilities? Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Living by faith not only pleases God but allows Him to do the impossible for us.
Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Remember to rejoice because I AM makes the impossibilities possibilities.
Let us close by reciting the words of Nothing Is Impossible. Sing along if you know the melody.
Nothing Is Impossible
I can do anything
I can do all things
Cause it’s You who gives me strength
Nothing is impossible
Blind eyes are opened
Strongholds are broken
I am living by faith
Nothing is impossible!
I’m not gonna live by what I see
I’m not gonna live by what I feel
Deep down I
Know that You’re here with me
I know that, You can do anything
I believe, I believe
I believe, I believe in You