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Sometimes it seems like you are facing insurmountable odds. This is especially true in times of great personal difficulty. You’ve tried everything on your own, including seeking the help and trusted advice of others and nothing seems to work out positively. Is your health failing? Are you facing life threatening surgery? Are you worried that you are about to lose your job? Is it tough to make ends meet financially? Is your home facing foreclosure? Is your business about to fail? Is your marriage in trouble? Have you recently lost your partner or a dear loved one? Are you near the point of despair? Are you starting to believe that there is nothing that can be done?
Perhaps the problem you are facing is not a personal one. For example, in these tough economic times is your church facing what seems to be an insurmountable obstacle? According to recent reports in the Atlanta, Georgia area, almost 100 churches are under some stage of foreclosure with more than 130 church buildings currently for sale in January, 2011. Out of this number, half have already been sold or taken over by lenders due to foreclosure. Additionally, countless churches have significant revenue issues and are either currently unable, or will soon be unable, to meet their financial obligations. This is a certainly a perplexing time for the church members.
If you are already a Christian and currently in such a situation, let me encourage you to trust your Heavenly Father, the Almighty God, to provide a solution. God wants to accomplish His purpose through His servants and through His church. He wants the very best for you. He cares for His own. He created you and knows your every need. The Bible is God’s divinely inspired word. It is His guide for our lives. The Bible teaches us that nothing is too hard for God!
If you are not a Christian, then as a first step in seeking God’s help in your situation, let me encourage you to refer to the last section of this article on “How to Become a Christian”. Then, return to the next section and read on.
1. God keeps His promises.
Genesis 18:10-14 (All scriptures KJV)
And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
In Genesis 12 God called Abraham to leave his native land and go to a place that God would show him. God promised that he would make Abraham the father of a great nation, make his name great, bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed him. Abram followed God’s leadership and left his home. Many years passed by and Abraham was concerned that God had not yet kept his promise for he and his wife Sarah were childless. In Genesis 15 God assured Abraham that he would indeed keep His promise. More time passed and at the age of 99, Abraham still had no heir and Sarah was well beyond child bearing age. It is at this point that we come to the scripture passage above in Genesis 18. Abraham is confronted by one of his three visitors with the rhetorical question “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” And he is promised that Sarah would indeed have a son within the “appointed time” which was approximately one year away. Sarah overheard the conversation and laughed to herself thinking that both she and Abraham were too old to have a child. But time would prove that nothing is too hard for God. He can accomplish what seems to us to be impossible.
2. Our faith is often the key to receiving God’s promises.
Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
The writer of Hebrews records that Sarah did indeed have faith that God could do what said he would do. Sarah conceived and Isaac was born as the son through which God’s promise would be fulfilled. As a side note, Abraham was 100 years of age and Sarah was 90 at the birth of Isaac. The statement that God is making to the world not only here but throughout the Bible is that there are absolutely no earthly circumstances that hinder Him from doing anything that He wants to do. Our faith is often the key to receiving God’s promises.
3. Who can match the awesome power of God?
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.
Who can match the awesome power of God? By His outstretched arm he made the heavens and earth and all of vast universes that surround us. Our abilities don’t amount to even a speck when compared to God. Who are we to doubt that God can do what He says? God is not limited by our human frailties. He is Omnipotent, All Powerful, Almighty … Is anything too hard for God?
We should never allow our thinking to persuade us to think that just because we think that something is too hard for us to accomplish that it is also too hard for God. Luke 18:27 Jesus tells His disciples that “the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 is a parallel passage and it states “And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
4. God cares about you!
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
As a Christian, you have a loving and caring Father. He gave you the Holy Spirit to dwell within you. That, in and of itself, is miraculous. God chose to take up residence within us to accomplish His purpose. This God that cares for you is the same God that can accomplish anything. Nothing limits Him. Nothing is too hard for Him.
Going back to my opening comments … will you allow God to accomplish for you what you are not able to accomplish for yourself? Don’t let doubt convince you that God cannot accomplish what He says. Stretch your faith to believe that God is true to His word. Make it your earnest prayer that God will intervene in your circumstances. Believe in Him and know that He will keep His promises. No matter the situation, nothing is too hard for God. Here are some truths that you can count on:
- Doubt can sometimes be God’s faith stretcher.
- Faith is always better than the alternative.
- Scripture teaches we can cast all of our cares on Him.
- Nothing is impossible when we put our trust in God and rest upon His word.
- Nothing, absolutely nothing, is too hard for God!!
If your church is a New Testament based, Bible believing entity that is facing seemingly insurmountable odds, be assured that God knows about your circumstances. Everything that has been written here applies to God’s church as well as to individuals. Don’t lose hope and curtail those doubts. God is the God of miracles. Nothing is too hard for God!
How to Become a Christian:
Here are the steps that you need to follow to become a Christian:
- Realize that you are “lost” – totally estranged from God and separated from God by a sinful nature. (Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.)
- Acknowledge that sin deserves punishment. (Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)
- Acknowledge that Jesus took the punishment for your sins by dying on the cross. (Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrated his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.)
- Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and come into your life. (Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.)
The way we communicate with God is through prayer. You can use the following prayer as your own or pray one that contains these elements:
“Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner. I recognize that I deserve punishment. I also know that you died for my sins and that you were raised from the dead. I turn from self and sin and trust You to be my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life and help me to be the person that you want me to be. Save me now and save me forever. Thank You, Lord, for hearing my prayer and saving my soul. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
God promises in the Bible that anyone who accepts Jesus as Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.) If you prayed the above suggested prayer and meant it, you can be assured that God has saved you. The Bible offers many other words of assurance about your salvation. One of the clearest descriptions of that assurance can be found in 1 John 5:11-13 – And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.