Marion Crawford - Okotoks Special Meetings - Last Meeting, December 17, 2006

Hymn 20:4, "From Heaven’s Glory"

Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of him that diligently seek Him.”

Mark 9:23, “Jesus said unto him, 'If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.'"

Matthew 17:20, “Jesus said unto them, 'Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place: and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.'"

Without faith, it’s impossib
le to please God.  We must believe and seek Him.  Lack of faith in the power of God can hinder and keep us back.  A person realized this is the way, but didn’t know if he could do it.  What was lacking was faith in the power of God.  Nothing is too hard for God. He created the universe.  How could we even question His ability to help us? 

Romans 10:17 is a confirmation that nothing is impossible with God.  “…faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  We need to keep listening to the gospel for without faith, it is impossible, but with God nothing shall be impossible.  Jacob saw God’s ladder.  He saw angels ascending and descending on the ladder.  Jacob saw not only the ladder, the way of God, but he saw the angels, God’s heavenly help in the way.  This was the beginning of Jacob’s revelation.  God wouldn’t ask us to walk in a path that would be impossible.  God told Abraham that Sarah was going to have a son.  God waited till Abraham and Sarah were elderly.  It was humanly impossible but God wanted us to know that nothing is too hard for the Lord.  Genesis 18:14, “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.” 

God sent Jesus in an impossible way – to a virgin.  Mary saw it as an impossibility but then believed.  Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered and said unto her, 'The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overcome thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.'”  Verse 37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” God wanted us to understand from the very beginning of Jesus’ life that nothing shall be impossible.  Jeremiah 32:17, “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.”  Is anything too hard for God?  Nothing!  Matthew, Mark, and Luke all speak of the man who came to Jesus and turned away because he was rich.  Jesus said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. His disciples asked, “Who then can be saved?”  With men it is impossible but with faith, and with God nothing is impossible.  Without God, many things are impossible.

ome say it is impossible to live upright in the world but many have proved otherwise.   In Hebrews 11, there are many witnesses to the fact that with God it is possible to walk, to build, to do what is in the will of God.  Verse 7, Noah proved that with God it is possible to build for eternity in this world.  Verse 8, Abraham proved that with God it is possible to journey, to go out into the unknown.  Verse 25, Moses proved that with God it is possible to make wise choices and deny self.  So few young people are willing to lift up their eyes to the privilege of service, but Moses proved that in the midst of prosperity and affluence that it is possible to make wise choices.  Verse 31, Rahab proved that with faith in God it is possible to be an individual and it is possible to be identified with the lowly way of God.  Samson proved that after defeat it is possible to rise again.  Jephthae proved it is possible to pay our vows however costly they may be.  Without faith, we can’t do it.  Do we just see the ladder or do we see the angels, the help?