The word “impossible” is derived from the word “alpha” and “dunatos” which means “there is a superior or alpha power in place that will prevent it from happening”. (7) http://biblehub.com/greek/102.htm
There is only one thing that is “impossible” and that is trying to flow alongside God without faith. Why is it impossible? Because if we are not in agreement with God, then we will not be able to keep up with Him. Without faith we won’t be on the same page or the same path with God. Without faith we won’t be able to enter into His realm and see and hear what He needs us to see and hear.
All of our journeys are impossible without faith. Our most important relationships such as friendship, marriage and business, all depend on common core beliefs, and agreements. Relationships that are meaningful and productive all depend on accords, consensus, similarities, like-mindedness, and investment. We shouldn’t be surprised if God requires the same things between us and Him. The only difference is that while humans are subject to failure, pettiness and jealousy, God only brings encouragement, wisdom and love to the table.
When things are going well we can be deceived into thinking that we are using our faith. However, when the path becomes difficult, we quickly find out who and what we are connected to. If God says feed the hungry and we have food then we can do it, but if God says feed the hungry and we don't have resources, then we will soon find out just how valuable faith is.
It is impossible to make a bad situation better without faith. We have to believe in something greater than the initial circumstance in order to improve it.
If faith in God is real, then why do people still lose the battle? Why are there so many bitter and angry people who believe that God let them down?
Faith is a real energy force and it is as particular and demanding as all other forms of energy. Even electricity will become useless if it is drained into the ground. The earth can be a reference point, but it cannot be the endpoint. A transmission line for electricity can be as simple as a single piece of wire or metal or even water, but if it is not designed properly, then the energy will be completely lost. Similarly, faith must be authentic for it to work because heaven will not accept a counterfeit.
Faith is not “waiting”. Waiting cannot steer the rudder of a ship. A captain may be patient while steering a ship, but patience itself will not do the job. If faith waits, it waits with the absolute certainty that it will make it to its destination. The wrong kind of waiting can create a vacuum for negativity.
Faith is not “complaisant”. Faith is not careless. Faith can be detailed or general but it cannot be uncaring. A wavering, unspecific plan is no plan at all.
Faith is not “compromise”. Faith is not looking for the least amount of difficulty. Faith does not want the lowest common denominator. Anything less than perfection is asking God to trade away a piece of heaven for a piece of hell. Perfection can be a castle or a tent. It doesn’t matter. Perfection is simply what brings joy to God and us.
Faith is not “hope”. A hope or a wish for something to come true is a positive first step, but it is not faith. Hope is extremely important in the universe and it is the belief that there is light in the midst of darkness and substance in the midst of emptiness. However, unless a door that was closed opens, or a door that was open closes, then it is not faith.
Faith is not “pining” or “mourning”. Tears play a role in the universe and they are referenced in the bible hundreds of times. Each genuine tear is acknowledged by God (Psalm 56:8). Even the blood of the innocent cries out to God from the ground (Genesis 4:10). However, in the greatest of ironies, when Jesus wept (John 11:35), He shed tears not because someone died, but because the people had so little faith and they allowed someone to die.
No amount of tears will ever convince faith to say, “I understand how big your problem is”, because faith only sees things from God’s perspective.
As far as problems are concerned, heaven only has a one problem, and it isn’t money or sickness or war. It is how to get as many people into heaven as possible, and God already designed it so that a simple belief in God will save a human soul.
Faith is not “courage”. The call to be courageous has been the carrot that has led many a horse down the wrong path. Courage is one of the most important human traits and God is absolutely enamoured by it, but on its own, it will not move a mountain, even if the mountain is named after courage.
Faith is not “commitment”. While commitment, loyalty and faithfulness are “more” important than faith, people can become committed to the wrong things. In the bible God praises people’s commitment to an oath, regardless of their race, nationality or belief system, and He also condemns people for their commitment to darkness. In the same way that we do not need commitment to use gravity, we do not need commitment to use faith.
If you have ever dropped a piece of food on the floor and picked it up, then that is the same amount of commitment that faith requires to move a mountain.
Faith is not “obsession”. There is a subtle but crucial difference between faith and obsession. If every person on the earth could use their faith to satisfy their fears and lust, then the world would be in an even bigger mess than it is now. Sometimes we fixate on something that God doesn’t want us to have and if we insist on it, God might just let us have it, but it will be a difficult road ahead. Faith is made perfect when we follow God’s advice.
Faith is not “rigid”. Faith is resolute but it is also flexible. Sometimes the things that we believe God for are based on negative foundations such as fear and loneliness, and God will always try to upgrade that kind of faith. We need to be able to stretch our faith and let go of false barriers that are signs of weakness, and replace what we believe in with what God believes in.
Faith is not “anxious”. Faith is not nervous. Faith does not fret and check on the results to see “if” they are happening. Faith does not entertain “if”. Faith knows and declares the end from the beginning. Faith can however be excited and make adjustments, and when faith is a bulldog, it can check to make sure that darkness stays kicked out of the picture, but it is always sure of the outcome.
Positive results are far more likely when the relationship we have with God supersedes the relationship we have with the problem. We have to ask ourselves, “Does the problem take up more real-estate than God?”
Faith is not “deceitful”. Faith does not coverup the problem. Sometimes we struggle with faith and wince at the believability of it all because we think we have to ignore the truth. Our stomachs knot up and the battle with our problem becomes a battle with faith itself. However, we can rest assured, because faith is better at surveying our problems than we are. Faith is not deceitful. Faith is not looking for the path of least resistance. It is not looking for the easiest route.
Faith does not care if the problem is beat up, broken, or dead. Faith only asks one question, “How much of God do you want?”
Faith does not care if we have lost the war, only if we “believe” we have lost the war. Faith could care less what state we are in, it only cares what state we “want” to be in.
Faith is not “begging”. Faith is not a “cry for help” but a cry for help can be very effective. God encourages us to call on Him in times of need. However, faith requires us to be able to set aside pain and fear in order to be effective. In the midst of a battle people can sink into darkness, not because faith doesn’t work, but because the negative circumstances scream at us so loudly and grip us so forcefully, that the problem demands our full attention. … but so does faith.
Do not throw faith in God away just because it seems like it is not working. No one would throw a car away just because it ran out of gas. They would fill it up again and continue on the journey.
Faith is not “selfish”. Faith does two things. It opens us directly to the light of God, and it opens the rest of the world to the light of God through us. Luke 5 tells the story of a man who was forgiven and healed because of the faith of his friends. They cut a hole in a roof and lowered him down to Jesus, where Jesus specifically acknowledged the faith that his friends had for him.
Faith is not “restricted”. Faith is a broad spectrum power. It is omnipresent and it can create anything, anywhere, anytime. However, many people only have faith for narrow channels of it in their lives. Do not pick and choose faith based on what is easy for us, but on what is easy for God.
Mark 4:40 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Faith can be complex or simple … but it must be pure.
Faith can be fast or slow … but it must make its mark.
Faith can be serious or light-hearted … but it must be resolute.
Faith can be loud or quiet … but it must have intent.
Faith is as simple as a “wonder”.
If our faith is done right and is genuine and does not examine even a hint of why it won’t work, then saying “I wonder …” can be as good as saying “I decree …”.
The problem is that we often take wonder which is the purest form of faith, and formalized it into a forced version of an uncomfortable prayer, which can ruin it. Prayer is communication with God and our thoughts count as prayers. Once the thought is made, it has already become a prayer and the power of the thought has already been unleashed, for good or bad. If we take that same thought and infuse it with trying to manipulate God into agreeing with us, then the original prayer is contaminated.
God loves our curiosity and honours our requests but they must be respectful and without doubt. The Temple Institute says that kings and priests in the old testament could approach the high priest to ask God a question, but it must be in the form of a “wonder”. An excerpt form their website says the following:
“The questioner does not speak out loud, neither does he merely think the question in his heart; he poses his query quietly, to himself - like someone who prays quietly before his Creator. For example, he will ask "Shall I go out to battle, or shall I not go out?”"
The question asked by the high priest is the same question we all ask all the time, “What should I do?”, but the lightning rod that connects us to the power of God is in the purity of the question.
For example, if a person says “What should I do?” but they really mean “What should I do because I am in big trouble and if nothing happens soon then I will be in worse trouble?”, then the phrase “What should I do” is wrapped inside a layer of fear, that we shove into the face of God. What God sees first is our fear and that is all He can respond to. God’s immediate reaction is to deal with the fear and not to the question “What shall I do?”, never mind the fact that we entered the throne room of God shouting about our fear, which reveals our lack of confidence in God and ourselves. God is not impressed and the angels are not impressed.
There is “faith for easy understanding”, “faith for academics”, and “faith for children”, and the greatest of these is “faith for children”.
The nature of a child is especially good at faith. They wonder about everything and ask the question “why” and “how” all the time. They believe that all things are possible and that there is no harm in asking. They wrap their questions in beautiful ribbons of faith, hope and love, and it enters the court of God as one beautiful, curious thought.
Matthew 18:3 (KJV)
And [Jesus] said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.