WOW Faith OLS — Week Five #1

What’s your impossible — you know — that thing in your life that has seemingly no answer or resolution?

Whatever is seemingly impossible to you today is the very place where God is going to open your eyes to a new glimpse of His grace and glory. It is the very thing that will grow your faith, deepen your trust in the Lord, and ultimately work together for good in God’s perfect time and in His power.

Paul assures us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” So don’t be surprised if you do not always see the answer to your situation. Our natural human desire often longs for the sight of things, but our heart will thrive and grow in the strength of God and His promises. When we build our life on God and all He says in His Word, then nothing can shake our life. No storm or wind or rain will have the power to move us from the steadfast rock of God. He is our refuge and strength.

So here’s the promise for all the impossibles of life —

With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26

These words have become more and more essential for me in the face of certain challenges in life that seem to hold no answer in my own mind. And yet, the Lord Jesus tells us, “With God all things are possible.” To me, these words bring comfort and peace. Jesus is telling me that there are impossibles in life that no human can solve or resolve. But nothing is impossible for God. God always has the answer and does indeed have a plan.

Paul certainly discovered this when he voiced one of the greatest promises in all of God’s Word. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

No wonder David, the man after God’s own heart, came to the conclusion that his soul only waited for God, that God was his only rock and salvation, and that he would not be greatly shaken (Psalm 62:1-2).

This week we began our study of Moses, the man of God in Week 5, Day 1-3 of Walk on Water Faith. Moses was faced with one impossible after another. And God used those impossibles as a platform for the display of great and mighty works in and through the life and faith of Moses.

Just imagine the moment when Moses was standing at the edge of the Red Sea. Hollywood has helped us with this visualization in the movie, “The Ten Commandments,” with Charlton Heston holding the staff with arm outstretched over the water waiting for the waves to part so the people could walk across on dry land. But think about the faith required of Moses to believe God’s promise in the face of great danger from Pharaoh’s army, leading God’s people, and the Red Sea waters just before God works His powerful miracle.

Moses believed God. We see it clearly demonstrated in a simple, but profound action in obedience to God. “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left” (Exodus 14:21-22).

I think one of the most profound displays of God’s power is the fact that the people walked on dry land immediately after God parted the sea. How is that possible? It’s not, except with the work of God. Notice in the text that “dry land” is repeated twice. The Lord wants us to see that only He can do things like turn water to dry land.

Imagine your impossible as a Red Sea place in your own life. And remember you do not stand alone in front of it. God is with you, and He is asking you to believe His promises in relation to it, whatever it is.

Perhaps it’s a financial need. Or a need for a job. Or maybe you are sick with a devastating illness.

Oh, dear friend, I want to give you some of God’s promises right now. David encourages us: “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psalm 62:8). Here are some promises to hold out like a staff over the Red Sea place in your own life right now:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

I love the encouragement of F.B. Meyer for every impossible storm we may face in the course of our lives —

As you envision the Red Sea’s mighty walls of water, separated by the outstretched hand of the Eternal in response to the faith of a single man, learn what God will do for His own. Never dread any consequence resulting from absolute obedience to His command. Never fear the rough waters ahead, which through their proud contempt impede your progress. God is greater than the road of raging water and the mighty waves of the sea. “The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever” (Psalm 29:10). A storm is simply the hem of His robe, the sign of His coming, and the evidence of His presence. Dare to trust Him! Dare to follow Him! Then discover that the forces that blocked your progress and threatened your life become at His command the very materials He uses to build your street of freedom.
F.B. Meyer in Week 5, Day 3 in Walk On Water Faith

Oh, don’t you love those words today. With God all things are possible. Remember that great truth today and dare to trust your Lord and follow Him today. Then watch with great expectation to see what He will do in your life.

Dear friend, I love studying God’s Word together with you.

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Your assignment this next week is to read and study Week 5, Days 4-7 The Faith of Moses — The Man Of God, from Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises of God. You may want to come back here throughout the week to read comments and respond. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

I invite you to share your most important insights from Week 5, Days 1-3 and your favorite promise from God’s Word in your study so far. You can write your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

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How is your faith being challenged in an impossible situation today? What promise can you hold on to in this Red Sea place in your life? What was your favorite promise from the study? And what was your favorite quote from the devotional reading? And finally, share the most important truth that God has taught you this week in your study?
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With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26

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Luke 5:16 NASB — But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
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Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
— Matthew 14:28-31 NASB

Biblical faith is a gift of God. God has given us a measure of faith, according to Romans 12:3. And it is not humanly manufactured but God-given and God-enabled through the power of His Spirit (Galatians 2:20, 5:22). … When Peter realized the Lord was out there walking on the water, he expressed boldness in his faith by asking the Lord to bring him out on the water. How many of us actually dare to dream such majestic feats of faith as Peter did that early morning in the stormy waters?

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