“DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD” CONCLUSION!

Please review the last four devotions if you can.
 
Matthew 19:26, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
 
Not only NOAH, ABRAHAM and MOSES, But also,
 
IV. THE DISCIPLES WERE GIVEN AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL.
 
Simply, “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
 
That’s it! They had an IMPOSSIBLE GOAL set before them. But, it was given by a God who specializes in the impossible.
 
We in our churches have a mandate from God – we have been entrusted with an IMPOSSIBLE GOAL, but not without the God who does the impossible.
 
Just as these men were given some IMPOSSIBLE GOALS so we have ours. Remember that He watches over us and with that in mind no goal is impossible.
 
Because all things are possible with God. He is the GOD WHO DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE.
 
Why not ask God for an impossible goal for the rest of this summer and fall. Why not trust Him to do the IMPOSSIBLE for you…”little is much when God is in it.”
 
DO YOU HAVE AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL?

“DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD” PART 4.

Noah and Abraham had a promise; they believed God, were strong their faith. They men of loyalty as well as steadfastness; because they had an IMPOSSIBLE GOAL.
 
III. MOSES HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL Exodus 3.
 
In verses 1-6 God appears to Moses in a burning bush.
In verses 7-10 God sends Moses to deliver Israel.
In verses 11-15 the name (I Am) Jehovah is made known to Moses.
In verses 16-22 we see the deliverance of the Israelites is promised.
 
In verses 1-6. The years of the life of Moses are divided into three forties.
 
1. The first forty he spent as a leader in Pharaoh’s court.
2. The second as a shepherd in Midian.
3. The third as a king in Jeshurun.
 
MOSES, having been originally taken by an Egyptian princess, the word is no doubt Egyptian in its origin, and Josephus gives its true origin – from the two Egyptian words, MO, water, and USE, saved. With this the Hebrew form, MOUSES. The Hebrews by a slight change accommodated it to their own language, as they did also in the case of some other foreign words; calling it MOSHIE, from the verb MASHA, to draw out. See Exodus 2:10.
 
Moses did the impossible because he believed the God of Noah, Abraham for the impossible.
 
Not only NOAH, ABRAHAM and MOSES, but tomorrow we will conclude with the Disciples in the New Testament.

“DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD” PART 3.

The impossible task for Noah has been accomplished because with God all things are possible.
 
II. ABRAHAM HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL Genesis 12:1-4, 7; 15:1-6; 17:15-19; 21:1-3.
 
When God spoke to Abraham in Chaldea he had but one thing to hang his future upon – the promise of God.
 
You think you have moments of wondering what the future holds and whether things will work out or not. How could he be the father of a nation when he did not even have a son? He did not know where to go or how to get there. Ever been there?
 
What he faced was not an easy task. Try to put yourself in his shoes. All he had was God’s Word – by the way, that is all we need. We can rest our case in His Word, “Lo, I am with you alway.”
 
Abraham had a promise; he believed God, was strong in faith and was a man of loyalty as well as steadfastness; because he had an IMPOSSIBLE GOAL.
 
TOMORROW WE WILL SEE HOW GOD USED MOSES TO ACCOMPLISH THE IMPOSSIBLE.

“DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD” PART 2.

Matthew 19:26.
 
Now, let’s look at some that faced some IMPOSSIBLE GOALS:
 
I. NOAH HAD AN IMPOSSIBLE GOAL.
 
Genesis 6:1-3, 5-14, 17-19; 7:1, 5-10, 12, 17; 8:1-5, 13:15-19.
 
Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
 
Understand that here was a man with an impossible goal: working against opposition, a preacher of righteousness, and a man who was misunderstood by his generation. And yet he was so moved by what he was told that he was ready to attempt the impossible for God.
 
The burden was placed upon him and only him to save all of mankind. God said that He would destroy mankind and Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Think of his burden. There had never been anything like it before, in fact; no one had ever seen rain before.
 
Can you imagine the ridicule, mental torture and the opposition? You won’t find one single word where Noah was discouraged, ready to quit or ignore his responsibilities. He did his work and did it without murmuring or complaining and without any personal ambition of his own.
 
How we ought to praise God for that statement, “God helped him and he won the victory.”
 
After the flood water subsided the animals, fowls and insects were led out and it was a whole new world. The impossible task has been accomplished because with God all things are possible.
 
TOMORROW WE WILL LOOK AT ABRAHAM AND MOSES!

“DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!”

Matthew 19:26
 
On the eve of D-Day June 6, 1944 when the allies invaded France in W/WII General Eisenhower briefed his soldiers thus: “There is no victory at bargain prices.” He knew the sandy beaches of Normandy would be sprinkled with the blood and mangled bodies of heroic men.
 
A Hindu said to a Missionary, “Why are you so anxious to see God with your eyes closed? See Him with your eyes open, as you look at the poor, the starved, the illiterate and the afflicted.”
 
John Burroughs said, “The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”
God said in Proverbs 17:24, “The eyes of the fool are in the end of the earth.”
 
Sir Winston Churchill said, “The farther you look back, the longer you look forward.”
 
Someone else said, “our hats off to the past our coats off to the future.”
 
Jesus said, “with God all things are possible.”
 
As you look back in the past few months and forward in the future, emotions can run very high. We all need to be thankful for the past and look expectantly to the future.
 
Someone said, “God’s servants, who are serving Him are never far from the burdens of the cross that go with Christian service.”
 
Isaac Watts said, “Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, while others fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas…others, Lord yes others, let this my motto be; help me to live for others that I may live for Thee.”
 
TOMORROW, we will look at some that faced some IMPOSSIBLE GOALS:

“IF IT DIE, IT BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT!”

Scripture: John 12:20-36
 
According to John, chapter 15, it is very clear that, in order to bear fruit, more fruit and much fruit, we must abide in Christ. The Scripture also teaches that, in order to bear fruit, we must first die to self. In this text, verses 20-22, some Greeks came seeking Jesus, and said, “We would see Jesus.” Then, in verses 23-26, the Greeks and the Jews had seen Jesus glorified as Messiah, and He wanted to teach them that the way to glory is not through is not through triumph and glory, domination or subjection, but through death to self, through service to God, as well as to man. Jesus did basically two things:
 
1. He said His hour was come, but think of this.
His glory was not man’s way, but the way of the cross (this is difficult to understand) – by death. Jesus must die before He can bear the fruit of eternal life, because His teaching in verse 24 is that, if it does not die, it will not bring forth fruit. So the way to have fruit is to die to self.
 
The Christian must give himself whole-heartedly to his Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. We said that Jesus must die before He can bear the fruit of eternal life, because it was the cross that moved God to exalt Jesus. He said His name “is above every name..” – Philippians 2:8-11,
Colossians 1:14, Hebrews 1:8-9, 2:9. Also, it is the cross which moves men to offer themselves as a living sacrifice – Romans 6:10-11, 14:8-9.
 
2. Jesus not only said that His hour was come, but He is also saying that now man’s hour has come.
Man must lose his life to gain eternal life – Mark 8:36, Luke 6:49, 9:23, Romans 8:13. Man must serve and follow Jesus all the days of his life – Mark 10:43-44, Matthew 19:27-29. Look at verse 26 again – the word “follow” is to abide in fellowship with Him, and “serving” is to serve with a labor of love and with a yielded heart. Remember, to live is really to die.
Amen!

“IF I COULD LIVE LIFE OVER AGAIN” CONCLUSION!

Philippians 1:21-30.
 
Now listen to me, If He does not work in me, He cannot work through me.
 
IV. I BELIEVE I WOULD SOUL-WIN MORE.
 
People are perishing by the millions. Do we even care? In 1999 there was a big earthquake in Turkey: 17,000 killed and 500,000 are homeless (later updated amount).
 
Yes, we can always look back and say how we should not have done this or that and should have done something different. We learn a lot of things in life. One of the things we must learn is from our mistakes, as well as what we did right.
 
V. I THINK I WOULD WORK HARDER AT DISCIPLING MORE CONVERTS.
 
Mathew 28 gives us a threefold commission. Win them, bring them, and teach them. We need a proper balance today.
 
Some churches (Christians) work hard at winning souls, but never disciple them. Others work hard at teaching but never win souls. Our converts need salvation, but also to be taught obedience to Christ, such as baptism, church membership, etc. We need to instill in them a deep conviction of right and wrong. But wait a minute before we can teach others we must live a separated life ourselves.
 
Did you ever stop to think what would happen if God made you as sick on Sunday morning as you say you are? If you were as broke and poor as you are during the offering?
 
I believe everybody ought to join the church, give, serve and not sit back. Because your Pastor needs to know that he can count on you when difficult times come. And they always do come.
 
Away with unfaithfulness, away with sipping cocktails, smoking cigarettes, living in immorality, evil thoughts, improper dress, etc. No you cannot live your life over again, but why not live it right the first time around.
 
A. BE A BETTER CHRISTIAN, HUSBAND & FATHER.
B. GET SAVED
C. START SERVING HIM FAITHFULLY
D. WIN SOULS TO CHRIST
F. DISCIPLE THE ONES YOU WIN & FELLOWSHP WITH HIM.
 
THE CHALLENGE IS FOR ALL OF US!