This post is from one of the pastors at http://www.calvarychapel.com
Nothing is too hard for God. If you have said that something is impossible or unattainable or hopeless, today I pray you hear Him say, “It’s possible.”
A Matter of Belief
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. Mark 6:4, 5
In Jesus’ hometown, they didn’t see Him as the Savior of the world. They saw Him as Joseph and Mary’s kid. They didn’t honor Him and didn’t expect Him to possess the power of God. So He didn’t offer any real power beyond a couple of small healing miracles.
We fall into the same trap. We have a cartoon character picture of God. We see Him as an old man, with a long beard like Father Time. We think He has his hands full with keeping the calendar straight and we don’t bother to bring real requests before the All Mighty God for whom nothing is impossible. When this is your image of God, don’t be surprised when you don’t see Him do miracles.
A Matter of Behavior
So the Lord was with Judah. And they drove out the mountaineers, but they could not drive out the inhabitants of the lowland, because they had chariots of iron. Judges 1:19
When the battle is too hard, we don’t try because we don’t trust. Is God able to do the great and powerful until the enemy is equipped with iron chariots? Are iron chariots too big of a problem for God? A newer translation reads, “The Lord was with the people of Judah but they failed to drive out the people living in the plains because they had iron chariots.”
There is a tendency to believe that God is able. “I have faith in Him,” you may say, “but I don’t have fight in me.” The Bible says it this way: it’s “the effectual, fervent [my emphasis!] prayers of a righteous man that availeth much”. You need some fire in your belly!
What can God do with just one man with fight in him? Look at Judges 4:16. “But Barak pursued the chariots and the army as far as Harosheth Hagoyim, and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword; not a man was left.”
If you don’t even want to try, that could be the reason you don’t see God do the miraculous.
A Matter of Blessing
It could be that it’s the timing of the blessing – it’s taking too long for you. Galatians 6:9 says “…let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” You’re one, small step away from your Promised Land. But the enemy is whittling you down and wearing you out. If you endure just a little longer, you’ll reap a harvest and see just how big God is!
Endure. Persevere. Hang in there!
I can hear you saying that I’m putting some kind of a works trip on you. Let me ask you this: do you actually think it’s God’s fault that you don’t know how big He is or how much He can do? Do you think God wants to do miracles and can’t? When belief, behavior and blessing are aligned in your life, you stay in the process of developing faith and taking the next step. That’s where God shows up.
It’s not a formula; it’s a reminder. God is sovereign and we’re responsible to obey Him.
The real difficulty is that we just don’t know how big God is. There is no problem too big for Him. If you have an insurmountable obstacle in your life, it’s possible God actually created the problem to bring you to a place where you say, “This problem is too big – not for Him – for me.”
Your problem teaches you the size of your God
The process of developing faith is getting you to take the next step. Sometimes He just wants you to show up for the battle so you can watch Him do the fighting.
You limit yourself when you don’t show up for the battle.
What are you praying for? You are one of His. Are you praying for little things or big things? God’s will happens in Heaven all the time. But when you pray, His will happens on earth.
In you, there should be incredible hope. When you say He can’t, He shows you He can.