FAITH AND IMPOSSIBLE
Pastor Bill, “Do you know what a shepherd does? He leads his flock. He protects them. He looks over them. He keeps them from harm and danger.
Do you know what a hireling does? He walks behind the flock, like a sheepdog, keeping the flock together.
God is your shepherd.”
So then I ask what the hireling or sheepdog has to do with this analogy?
The answer, we have one of those too. Pastor Bill is our hireling. He watches our backs, he helps keep us on the path that our Shepherd wants for us, and if we get out of line will nip our heels.
That is what a good Pastor does. And why we all need one in our lives.
The church? Well, of course that is the rest of the flock. We gather together and move together though our lives are uniquely our own. It is harmony through faith.
Pastor Bill, “Have you ever seen the movie Angels in the Outfield or Facing the Giants? Both movies are based on the seemingly impossible tasks laid before mere man/men. When they reach up to their heavenly Shepherd, cast their faith to His spirits, and follow him to the endless amount of possibilities, the impossible vanishes in a sea of faith.”
- confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
- belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
- belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
- belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
- a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
- not possible; unable to be, exist, happen, etc.
- unable to be done, performed, effected, etc.: an impossible assignment.
- incapable of being true, as a rumor.
- not to be done, endured, etc., with any degree of reason or propriety: an impossible situation.
- utterly impracticable: an impossible plan.
Faith is not just in scripture, but in the true belief that God will guide us forth to conquer the impossible. Two words, living together, harmoniously.
Think of it this way.
Who lead our church friend to successfully run his first marathon at 58?
What shepherd do you put your faith in when you are praying for miracles?
Who do you ask when you are facing, what seems like, an impossible challenge in your lift?
THE SHEPHERD…. GOD!
But, what if our friend had a heart attack at 58 during his first marathon?
But, what if the miracle you sought did not happen?
But, what happens if the challenge was impossible and success does not come?
Who do we blame?
OUR SHEPHERD…. GOD!
Why does he get the blame?
Where can we take some responsibility?
Matthew 17:20 – So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
(Matthew 17:19 – 21)
This message is found in two places within the bible.
Mathew 19:26 AND Mark 10:27 – But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
(Matthew 19:25 – 27 and Mark 10:26 – 28)
Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing will be impossible.
(Luke 1:36 – 38)
Luke 18:27 – But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
(Luke 18:26 – 28)
Hebrews 11:6 – but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 6:18 – That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.