facing the impossible

The Christmas season is here and it’s all about the festivities and celebrations. Nobody wants to face a problem especially during the holidays. But life is not about IF you will experience problems; it is WHEN you experience problems. When problems arise, immediately you feel your emotions and then we attach a meaning to it. For example, you were diagnosed with an incurable disease. Immediately, you feel the emotions welling up:

  1. You feel the shock and then you attach the meaning: you’re in denial.
  2. You feel frightened and then you attach the meaning: I don’t know what’s ahead.
  3. You feel angry and then you attach the meaning: Why me?

 

You need to know that problems thrive on energy you give it because what you focus on expands. Don’t tell your God that you have big problems; tell your problems you have a big God! Move from a position of desperation to a position of dominion.

 

How do you do that?

  • Decide – the Latin root word is de= off and caedere = cut; therefore, it is to kill all other options. There is no perfect decision but you must make a decision.
  • Solidify certainty – load up yourself with reasons that the decision you have made will work. Your brain refuses to accept anything when it suspects uncertainty.
  • Take massive action – put your decision in motion.

 

In Luke chapter 1, Luke writes the gospel to a man he calls Honorable Theophilus to assure him of all the things he was taught. This tells us that Theophilus made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life and that he holds a prominent position in society which is rare in the church. It is critical for him to grow in faith because he is in an influential position. Luke writes with precision in order to give Theophilus loads of certainty.

 

Luke began with a man named Zechariah whose wife Elizabeth was barren. While serving in the temple, an angel appeared to him and said that he will have a baby who they will call John and what the baby would fulfill according to God’s purpose. Zechariah said to the angel: “How can I be sure that this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Salute to Zechariah for choice words in describing his wife.

 

The angel said: “I am Gabriel! I stand in the presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!” Gabriel was loading Zechariah certainties so he would believe. But since he did not believe, the angel declared that Zechariah would not be able to speak until the baby comes. That’s nine months of sign language!

 

Now Elizabeth has a cousin named Mary. She was young and she was a virgin. The same angel, Gabriel showed up and brought the good news that she will have a baby and that this baby will be called Jesus. She asked the same question, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel explained that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her. The baby will be born holy and he will be called the Son of God. Additionally, the angel mentioned that Elizabeth whom people used to say she was barren is now six months pregnant. The angel was loading her with certainty.

 

We see two women facing the impossible: 

  1. It is impossible for an old barren to have a baby.
  2. It is impossible for a virgin to have a baby.

 

Both were given loads of certainty that this is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit of the living God.

 

Mary believed and took massive action by saying: “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” (Luke 1:38 NIV)

 

The birth of Christ is the solution to an impossible. Adam & Eve disobeyed the word of God and all of mankind and creation fell into sin and captivity. God sent his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

The word perish in Greek is “apolly’me” meaning: destroy, put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin, render useless, declare that one must be put to death, devote or give over to eternal misery in hell, and lost.

 

Whoever believes in Jesus shall not be destroyed…..

Shall not be put out of the way entirely….

Shall not be abolished…

Shall not be put to an end to ruin….

Shall not be rendered useless….

Shall not be declared as one that must be put to death…

Shall not be devoted or given over to eternal misery in hell….

Shall not be lost.

 

Make a decision today to believe in Jesus Christ so you won’t perish but have eternal life.

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5 17)

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