And as they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean.
(Mark 9:9-10 KJV)
I had a stroll with God about two weeks ago. As I set out to walk, it started to drizzle. So, I perched under a myrtle tree that provided me with just enough shelter from the rain to hear a word from Him. I listened to Mark 9 on audio. But I pondered a few things in my heart.
I could feel God urging me to ask Him about what I was thinking. So, when the rain temporarily lifted, I emerged from under the tree and briefly posted on a concrete railing. I let my heart’s thoughts flow to God. I asked,
“Why did the disciples not understand You? You said ever so clearly that You would rise from the dead, but they did not understand You. They must’ve thought it was some sort of parable… and if the disciples couldn’t understand such clear-cut words from You, don’t we do the same thing today? What if You are clearly telling me something, but I am missing it? ”
After I gave my barrage of thoughts to God, I could feel Him in my spirit answering my question with a question. Isn’t it funny how He does that? Remember when Job questioned God and God answered Him with questions? Well, that’s what He did with me on that rainy day.
And so, the question that God asked me in return was, “Why did they not understand me?” I paused. Took a moment to reflect and responded in my spirit,
“They did not understand because You said You would do an impossible act. Rising from the dead after three days seemed illogical. And You, being the Son of God, should not have died at human hands… So, the thought of You dying, let alone raising again from the dead, seemed too far-fetched.”
Then I could feel God saying within my spirit, “It is the same with you and my people today. I clearly tell you of things yet to come, yet you do not understand because it appears impossible to you.”
And whew! Mercy! If that ain’t the truth. I hurried along back to my cubicle in utter humbleness. Isn’t this true for us? We doubt and fail to understand impossible things. Yet God told us not to doubt in James 1:6-7.
It occurred to me that we don’t doubt believable occurrences, we doubt unbelievable occurrences. So, if God is specifically telling you not to doubt, it must be because He is going to do something unbelievable in your life. Abraham faced an unbelievable situation, yet he believed.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Abraham believed God would produce a child from his wife’s dead womb and his dried-up seed. If he would have told anyone about what he was believing God for, they would have said he was crazy. But because he was crazy enough to believe, the promise was delivered to him.
When Christ was asked to heal a man’s son who was possessed by a deaf and mute spirit, the man said the following:
“It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
Then Jesus replied:
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
If I can? If? IF??? I bet Jesus’s face was like…
No, but seriously. There is no “if” with Christ. Everything is possible. Everything. Meaning there is not one thing impossible for us if we believe. So, what is God telling you to believe today? And furthermore, do you believe Him? As my mom says, “I’m just crazy enough to believe Him!”
Because you have to be irrational to believe in unbelievable things, right? We have to cast logic to the side to believe in the impossible. Walking on water? Preposterous. Making the blind see? Ridiculous. God coming down to earth in human form, dying, and rising from the dead? That’s just crazy.
So, if you believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, then you already believe in the impossible. So, why can’t the impossible happen for you? You’re already thinking outside of the human realm of possibilities, right? You already believe in impossible occurrences and illogical situations. So, why not go ahead and believe that God can do the impossible in your life?
Don’t put a cap on God. He has shown us through many infallible proofs that He is real. Let us also believe that He is a God of His Word. For He said nothing is impossible for those who believe. The sky is not the limit because there is no limit with God.
No matter how crazy you may feel for believing, believe. No matter how illogical others may think you are for believing, believe. No matter what the situation looks like today, believe. You just never know what God may do for and through you.
But we can only receive the blessings if we believe. Don’t you ever stop believing. Believing is your lifeline. It is your bridge over troubled water and your highway to greater. Believe, reader. I provoke you to believe. Believe.
Fall in line with His Word and will for your life. Explore what God has in-store for you. Surrender your ways for His and rise to your full potential. We are given one life. Let’s make it count. And please, be crazy. Be crazy enough to believe.
Amen. Be blessed you guys! Have a great week.
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