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!!! *The God of the Impossible*
By Daniel D. Schreck
Pastor of Assimilation/Small Groups
First Assembly of God Christian Center
Fort Wayne, Indiana
 
*/Text:/*          *Luke 18:27* He replied, “What is impossible from a human perspective
is possible with God.”
 
*Luke 1:37* “For nothing is impossible with God.”
* *
 
 
*/Topic:/*       How to go on when life doesn’t treat you like you think it should!
Believing for the unbelievable.
*/Big Idea:/*/   /Whatever our circumstances, Obedience Bring Blessing-
The God of the unseen, invades the space of your impossibility and brings about His divine opportunity.
/ /
*/Keywords/*/:/ Christ, authority of; Christ, love of; Circumstances and Faith; Despair;
Difficulties; Experiencing God; God, power of; Holy Spirit; Jesus Christ; Presence of God; Prophecy; Revelation, Book of; Spiritual Perspective; Trials; Trouble; Worship
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*INTRODUCTION: *
There are many dangers facing the church today, but the greatest danger is not the one that you may think?
You may say: it’s Liberalism, Humanism, homosexuality, apathy, lack of commitment, or even false doctrines?
Some say it is Christian Colleges, Post Modern Thinking, The new contemporary Translations (NLT, NIV, or The Message).
I have my own personal convictions about those things, but I don’t think any of them are the Church’s greatest danger.
Rather, I believe that our greatest foe is something more private, more personal, and more intimate with each of us.
I believe that the greatest danger to the church today is that the church is buying into a “mentality of impossibility….”
A mentality that weakens true faith and cripples God’s Kingdom by inactivity an unintentionally.
The Rich Young Ruler In Luke 18 presents some tremendous lessons for Christians today: lessons about stewardship, humility, worldly riches, and obedience.
It also present us with what I believe is our greatest danger.
Months ago, I began seeking the Lord about what He wanted me to do this year.
Although I did not hear an audible voice, I did sense in my spirit a stirring and a conviction about what God wanted from me in 2006.
I believe the Lord gave me this thought:  “BELIEVE FOR THE UNBELIEVABLE, TRUST ME FOR WHAT YOU THOUGHT IMPOSSIBLE, and OBEY ME IN THE OPPORTUNITIES.”
Tonight, I’d like to encourage the Body of Christ by the words that He has shared with me to believe that “THE GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE” is walking with them, working in them, and witnessing through them.
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T.S.  Lets begin by looking at: \\ *I.**
THE HUMAN PERSPECTIVE OF IMPOSSIBILITIES (or What the world says is impossible.)*
\\ A.  I once read,
1.     "There are at least two thing in this life that are impossible:
a.
To make a crab walk straight and
b.
To get blood from a turnip."
2.     Or “Life is a little like playing golf, there are always some impossible shots we are face with...”
a.
In 1867, *James Eads* thought that it was possible to build a bridge across the Mississippi at St. Louis.
(Eads was an American engineer and inventor from Lawrenceburg, Indiana.)
i.
He was told it was impossible….
no bridge could span the mighty Mississippi.
ii.
In 1874 the bridge was completed and it stands today as a historical landmark in St. Louis.
B.  The World says:
1.    It’s impossible to create “something from nothing,” yet that’s how God produced the cosmos.
(Creation Gen. 1)
2.    It’s impossible for a woman in her old age (80-90) to give birth, yet that’s how God Blessed Abraham and Sarah.
(Gen.
17:17)
3.    It’s impossible for Animals to speak, yet Balaam had a donkey that did just that.
(Num.
22:23-30)
4.    That there was no way that the Israelites walked across the Red Sea or the Jordan river on Dry Ground, yet the evidence tells a different story.
(Ex.
14:22 & Josh 14:14-17)
5.
There is no way to make the sun, moon and stars stand still, but scientist are trying to figure out why there is a day missing in the celestial clock.
(Josh.
10:12-14)
6.
Not to mention:  Making an ax head float (2 Kin.
6:6;), raising children from the dead (1 Kin.
17:17–24  , 2 Kin.
4:18–37), feeding a crowd with only a little grain (2 Kings 4:42), Healing the blind (2 Kings 6:17), and Curing the sick (2 Kings 5:1-19 & Isa.
38:21)….. *AND* *That’s only some of the impossibilities listed in the Old Testament!*
C.  *ILL**:  *While a Student at ISU:  Anne Kiemel – “I love the word Impossible” 
          1.
Impossible to Reach “the Party” dormitory… Waterson Towers
          2.
Impossible to go from a 1.4 GPA to a 3.7 with the classes I had.
D. I don’t doubt the sincerity of this young Rich Ruler, when he came to Jesus with
     his question.
1.    *Mark tells* us that *he ran to Jesus* and knelt before him.
a.
This tells us something about his respect for the Savior and the condition of his heart.
b.
He wasn’t like men who because of their power and influence had attempted to trap Jesus with their questions and schemes.
2.    I believe that *he truly wanted* to know what he needed to inherit eternal life.
a.     Jesus answered his question in a way that he didn’t expect.
b.
He was looking for approval more than anything else, he couldn’t bear the answer.
c.     Remember his reaction?
3.
The passages from Matthew, Mark and Luke, point out that:
a.
The rich young ruler became very sad, was overwhelmed with grief, and went away with great sadness
                                                                        i.
because he had great possessions and was very rich.
b.
In essence, his reply to the one thing he lacked for eternal life was, *"I can’t," “It’s impossible!”*
E. "*I can’t"* or “*It’s impossible”* are the four most *destructive words* in Christians life and the *greatest danger* facing the church...
1.    It’s dangerous because it’s the expression of a heart and mind that posses a faith that is so weak that it cannot begin to comprehend “how great is our God!”
2.    It is a faith that cannot believe for the unbelievable or even consider the impossible being possible.
3.    How many times do we hear ourselves saying, "I can’t" or “it’s impossible” when we’re faced with a decision where the “spiritual” challenges the “physical?”
a.     “It’s impossible” for me to live in this relationship…
b.    "I can’t surrender my life” to Jesus because…….
c.     “I can’t give up my friends” for Christ even though they are bad influences.
d.    “I can’t put the Lord first” in every thing, because if I do Jesus may interferes with my business practices.
e.    “I can’t go into all the world” because I am afraid someone will not like me if I ask them about their relationship with Jesus."
f.       “I can’t get involved in SMALL GROUPs” because there aren’t any that meet when I am available….
*g.    **Individually these are some of the things we say.*
F.    *As a congregation we can fall into the same trap*…The church has just as many "We can’ts" as individuals have "I can’ts."
a.
“*We can’t* enact a certain program” because we don’t have the resources.
b.    “*We can’t* evangelize” our community because we don’t have the facilities….
c.     “*We can’t* get involved in community affairs” because we’ll lose our non-for profit status.
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