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Saturday, October 13th, '18

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KICK THE "IMP" OUT OF IMPOSSIBLE

"With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27)

 

The dictionary defines "imp" as "a little demon, a mischievous child", with synonyms listed as "scamp, rascal, brat" and "devil".  The connotation is that of a lesser annoyance, a shrimp imp. I wish today to kick that imp out of impossible! When Robert Schuller faced the banker for a multi-million dollar loan to build the Crystal Cathedral, he was summarily laughed out of the bank office with one word, "Impossible!" But Schuller didn't retreat. He handed the loan officer his pocket dictionary asking the man to read, out loud, the definition of impossible, which he of course couldn't because the TV preacher had cut "impossible" out of the dictionary. That boldness won him the loan and the rest is history.

 

If "imp" is just a little scamp, rascal or brat then how mighty is its counterpart, "possible"? Jesus quoted, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible unto you" (Matthew 17:20). It is not the size of the seed that matters but the fact that there is unconquerable life inside that seed. Every time you see a seedling growing through a crack in concrete you should realize who of the two won the contest. We kick the imp out of impossible by holding our ground and pushing through the obstacles.

 

We also kick that imp out by linking arms with omnipotence. The angel Gabriel announced, "For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). Notice the preposition with a proposition, "with". It is "with God", that is, side by side in cooperation and partnership that "nothing shall be impossible". We are "workers together with" God (2 Corinthians 6:1). The word is sunergeo, there is a synergy-energy released when man and God align in faith.

 

To kick the imp out of impossible we have to operate under different auspices. Notice in our text, "with men it is impossible, but not with God..." Man in all his ingenuity can only go so far. His is a natural kingdom bound by natural laws. But God stands outside that system and can suspend natural dynamics at any given time, should He choose to answer prayer. Man by himself is a foreigner to miracle mode. That is why, in the Matthew passage earlier mentioned, the disciples hung their heads and asked, "Why could not we cast him out?" An "imp" got into their possibilities. Jesus answered, "Because of your unbelief..." We have to tell doubt to get out! The imp has to hit the tracks when we understand that fear and faith cannot abide under the same roof. Fear is conquered when we come into agreement with the Word. Light dispels darkness. The enemy cannot continue his nefarious practice in the broad daylight of truth. "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". Jesus shouted, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You!" (Mark 14:36) Victory sure comes easier when a person is on talking terms with Father. Restore relationship with Him. Plant the mustard seed. Look up then link up "with" God. Grab some scissors and cut "impossible" out of your dictionary then delete it from your vocabulary. Kick the imp out of impossible and your whole life will witness change.


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